Dr. Fabiana Franco published an article on GoodTherapy.org discussing what complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) have in common.
While C-PTSD and BPD have their differences, they do have many overlapping traits. Both C-PTSD and BPD can be caused by ongoing childhood trauma, and they have similar symptoms, such as:
- Emotion processing and regulation difficulties: It can be very hard for someone with C-PTSD or BDP to let go of negative emotions.
- Relationship issues. If childhood caregivers were neglectful or abusive, someone with C-PTSD or BPD may take negative self-perceptions they learned into their relationships as adults.
- Struggles with self-concept. People with C-PTSD and BPD may engage in destructive behaviors and dissociate.
- High levels of worry, sadness, and shame. Many people with C-PTSD and BPD may feel isolated and empty as their symptoms can affect their relationships. They may feel high levels of shame or that they are permanently damaged.
To read the full article, click here.
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