Complex post-traumatic stress syndrome (C-PTSS) is a syndrome that happens when events occur that involve repeated, prolonged trauma with harm or abandonment by a caregiver or other interpersonal relationships with an uneven power dynamic.
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
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I hear this phrase frequently. It seems to be a catch-all for unanswerable questions that come up in therapeutic settings. It’s also a cop-out used casually by people who don’t want to deal with the issue at hand. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told, “just let it go!” Wouldn’t it be amazing if it were that easy?
Much like war or rape, fire is shocking, life-threatening, unrelenting, and the damage is permanent. This puts firefighters at a high risk for PTSS. A few studies have also looked at what factors might put firefighters at greater risk for the development of PTSD. A number of risk factors for PTSD among firefighters have been identified.