CPTSD is a distinct entity: Comment on Resick et al. (2012)


  • Judith Herman

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    1. Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
    • Cambridge Hospital–Psychiatry, 26 Central Street c/o Victims of Violence Program, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143.
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The concept of complex posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is both conceptually and clinically useful. This distinct entity is highly prevalent, across different cultures, in survivors of prolonged, repeated trauma. Recognition of this entity as part of the spectrum of traumatic disorders would promote development of effective treatment.