What is C-PTSD, PTSD’s incalcitrant cousin?

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

My own general, non-clinically trained overview:

Complex post traumatic stress disorder (abbreviated CPTSD or C-PTSD) is caused by ongoing trauma, especially as a child, which can be solely traumatic emotional neglect, and can but does not have to include physical or sexual abuse. (It should be noted that it is not always a caregiver’s intention to traumatize their child; they may have their own…