Complex PTSD is often caused by experiencing multiple traumas, often childhood abuse, which can include sexual, emotional, mental and physical abuse. People with Complex PTSD may avoid things that could trigger them, such as the news, magazines, TV. People with Complex PTSD often suffer from flashbacks, nightmares and hyper-vigilance. Some people experience psycho-somatic pain; pain sensations; re-experiencing pain, also difficulty in regulating emotions, irritability and sensory sensitivity.
I have been diagnosed with Complex PTSD and experience hyper-vigilance on a daily basis. This causes me anxiety and unease, fatigue and restlessness. For me, my symptoms are better when I am on my own with nature, away from people and noisy surroundings. I also enjoy meditation and yoga, exercise and reading. I cope differently depending on my levels of resilience at the time, so if I am more rested and feeling more robust I can deal with more noise, but not for too long. I find sensory overload / overwhelm to be a common side effect of pushing myself too much. I have learnt with being more self aware and conscious of my needs that I must prioritise my self-care to help reduce the symptoms of hyper-vigilance.