Vlog—What’s Complex PTSD?

This video covers what Complex PTSD is, how it differs from PTSD, particular focus on cases resulting from child abuse, my own experiences, & what I’ve learned.

I put a lot of my heart into this lengthy video, and in thinking of what I would say I knew what I wished someone had told me twelve years ago when I was diagnosed with PTSD, or perhaps even longer ago—to spare me the resulting confusion of so many years of ineffective treatment, shame, confusion, and suffering.

I can’t change the past and enlighten the girl or woman I once was, but I can share what I know. I know that unfortunately there are so many more suffering out there who need more understanding than is widely known about what they’re going through. This needs to be so much more widely known, not just for them but for all of us who live in a world with survivors of long-term trauma.

Judith Hermann’s seminal book ‘Trauma and Recovery
Pete Walker’s EXCELLENT book ‘Complex PTSD
Bessel Van Der Kolk’s ‘The Body Keeps the Score
bell hooks’s book ‘Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem

Information on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


  1. Thank you for sharing this. So informative. I feel that I know so little about the things that I’ve not experienced directly, so thank you for helping me to understand a little more about complex PTSD.

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