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C-PTSD Question - February 26th 2018, 09:54 PM

So I asked my therapist and she said that C-PTSD isn't in the dms and is just a way for therapist to figure out a way to help since you have to treat PTSD and C-PTSD differently. Anyways that isn't the question.

My question is I read somewhere that people with C-PTSD will make up stories in their head when they are trying to sleep because of anxiety and their brain not shutting off. I was wondering if this was actually a symptom?

I have been doing this for four years maybe because my brain would never shut up and it helped. But now it doesn't help all that much my mind will wonder while I am trying to go through the story in my head.

I guess I am wondering if anyone else has to do this to be able to go to sleep and if it is a symptom of this diagnoses.

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Re: C-PTSD Question - February 27th 2018, 12:10 AM

I have CPTSD and while I don't make up stories in my head I do imagine comforting things to help me fall asleep so it is kind of like storytelling. I haven't heard of it being a symptom but perhaps it is.

A lot of times my brain doesn't shut off and I don't get into a deep sleep because my brain runs and forms coherent thoughts even in sleep.

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Re: C-PTSD Question - February 27th 2018, 12:46 AM

I have CPTSD and I do similar things to Cassie at least to an extent. For example, I used to play out stories in my head that provided me with comfort. So, I would invent a character who had a similar life as me but that character would end up getting the support I never did. Being able to provide my character with that comfort/protection I never got ended up helping me at times.

I know that my old therapist and I talked about the stories I made up and she said it seemed like it was a coping skill because I was not being supported in the way that I needed/wanted.

I don't know if this is similar to what you are experiencing though. I also don't know if it comes from CPTSD. My therapist never mentioned that but it doesn't mean that it can't be a symptom because there are so many different responses and symptoms.

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Re: C-PTSD Question - February 27th 2018, 12:16 PM

I don't have an official diagnosis, although my counsellor suspects I have PTSD, I am interested in cPTSD also.

When I was younger, I used to daydream a lot about a life I would rather have. Before bed, I would carry on with these daydreams, and they would become a bit like a story. Sometimes it would be a bit annoying because my mind could be quite active at times, meaning I slept less. I don't do that so much now, but I do imagine comforting things before bed.

But with anxiety, I often stay awake and worry about all sorts of things- it will start off small and then become bigger, the more I worry.

Either way, it could be a coping skill, especially if you have a history of trauma, or it could also be anxiety related. But you aren't alone in dealing with this by the sounds of it

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