An informed patient’s perspective on Complex PTSD and cannabis therapy

Stoning Demons is an informed patient’s perspective on Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Developmental Trauma and cannabis therapy. This work is focused on Complex PTSD as it relates to childhood trauma and its lifelong impacts on the health and psychology of the victim.

 

Childhood Trauma is a Primer for Complex PTSD

Trauma experienced in childhood can prime a person for development of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder later in life. I found the study of developmental psychology extremely helpful for understanding the deeper effects of my CPTSD. Reading about it helped me in surprising ways. My work has led me to look at childhood and its foundation for development of emotional, relational, self-regulatory and self-image imprints into adulthood in a clearer, less emotional way. It helped me detach a bit from experiencing my pain, to understanding it.

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Symptoms and Progression of Complex PTSD
Complex PTSD is progressive, with symptoms worsening over successive traumatic experiences or during periods of elevated stress. Complex PTSD has its foundation in childhood trauma, impacting our development and undermining our mental and physical health for a lifetime.We tend to ignore the lifelong effects of trauma, with the misconception that children are inherently resilient. Those of us who experienced trauma in childhood know the truth of it. We are changed and shaped by those traumas and the response of others in supporting us through them. As adults, we are not separate from who we were or what we experienced as children. We remember it, if we are battling Complex PTSD, we are reliving it.

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Health Effects of Complex PTSD
People with CPTSD experience a variety of psychological problems, such as depression, other anxiety disorders, and drug and alcohol use problems; however, CPTSD can also have an impact on your physical health. In fact, people with CPTSD have been found to be at greater risk for developing physical health problems, including heart disease, obesity, gastrointestinal problems and adrenal issues.

There is a close relationship between exposure to abuse during childhood and several of the leading causes of death in adults. Diseases including heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and liver disease have been tied to childhood trauma. The findings in many emerging studies suggest that the impact of these adverse childhood experiences on adult health status is cumulative.

As more and more research looks at the effects of abuse, neglect, and maltreatment, findings are showing that noticeable impacts are seen through adulthood, which illustrates the connection between developmental and psychopathological aspects of childhood traumas. The effects of trauma and stress are cumulative. When significant secondary traumas occur, the risk of developing CPTSD symptoms increases.

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Childhood Sexual Abuse and Complex PTSD
Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is one of the most heinous abuses a person can suffer. CSA is often experienced with other forms of abuse and neglect, creating an imprint of psychological conditioning, conflict and injury. Many who suffered abuse develop complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

Adversity in childhood is known to have lifelong effects. Abuse disrupts the path of normal development, leading to a wide range of psychological and physical conditions. These conditions can emerge later in life, yet have their origins in the family environment. CSA creates ongoing adversity that begins in childhood and escalates as a consuming, persistent inner conflict that continues to re-traumatize long into adulthood. This leaves the victim vulnerable to increased stress response throughout life and has a direct correlation to quality of life and longevity.

This eBook is focused on CPTSD as it relates to childhood sexual abuse. It looks at the effects of recurrent traumas and chronic stress for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, based on available scientific and medical knowledge.

 

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