Imagine that you are a student paramedic. You arrive at the scene of an accident, recognise symptoms that you learnt about recently, but you cannot remember what you need to do next. What might go through your head? You might be thinking: "Why do I always struggle to remember important stuff? Why is this happening to me? What if I never learn this stuff?”
In addition to the core symptoms of “classic” PTSD, patients with complex PTSD are also affected by specific disturbances in self-organization. A couple of theoretical ideas exist on the development of complex PTSD. However, there are still few empirically tested models. The developmental model of this study focuses on specific risk factors that are associated with the full range of symptoms of complex PTSD, such as the type and extent of trauma and maltreatment in childhood, attachment difficulties, and social-interpersonal processes.
This is my final StressPoints column as ISTSS President, and I would like to highlight that serving in this role over the past year has been a privilege and an honor. I would like to also take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all those who supported me in this (unexpected) role over the past year.