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Chronic stress disorder, also known as complex post traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a serious psychological condition that often stems from being a witness to a particularly traumatic incident. As a result of that traumatic incident, chronic stress disorder sufferers lose control, power and then begin to feel trapped.
Although chronic stress disorder is very similar to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is not one in the same. PTSD, according to many researchers, does not encompass all of the symptoms that a case of chronic stress disorder typically carries within itself. Despite the fact that numerous mainstream journals and authors have written about chronic stress disorder, it is not recognized formally in more prominent diagnostics systems.
Initially, chronic stress disorder was identified in Trauma & Recovery by Judith Herman in 1997. The types of the condition included were those which stemmed from: sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence and torture. Essentially, the one notable recognized criteria was the sufferer not being able to escape the trauma.
Anyone worried or curious about whether or not they suffer from chronic stress disorder should consult their local physician as soon as possible.
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