Please don’t directly ask people with PTSD what caused it

Part of an ongoing series about life with complex post-traumatic stress disorder

I once had a couple’s therapist suddenly ask me to list all the types of trauma I’ve experienced in a clinical type list to prove that I was traumatized. Despite my best efforts, I became completely overwhelmed, left the session, and had panic attacks and cried for twenty minutes because 1) being disbelieved by an authority figure was triggering and 2) I couldn’t handle how triggering all the…