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UPDATE

Hi All,

I’m stepping down as organizer of this group as I have too many other commitments. However, I wish to remain a regular member. If anyone wishes to step in and fill the organizer spot, please let me know. There are no meetups scheduled right now, so perhaps we can talk on this board about ideas for future meetings including where and when, venues (zoom or in-person), locations, etc. The Fullerton Public Library is closed until further notice: https://www.fullertonlibrary.org/find/location_and_hours.asp What are our other options?

OLDER INFO

I am a survivor of childhood abuse and physical abuse and have struggled with PTSD and C-PTSD (Complex-PTSD) for years. Over the past several decades I've been in therapy, therapy groups and various support groups. All have helped. What I get out of support groups is the feeling that "I'm not alone" in my struggles with this.

I see this PTSD / C-PTSD group as a safe, anonymous group (survivors only, no perps allowed) where we can share stories, offer and receive support and not feel alone with our issues. Please join me.

We meet in Fullerton, CA on Wednesday Evenings on a month.

Here is some additional information about PTSD and C-PTSD.

From the Mayo Clinic website:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.

From the Wikipedia website:

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD; also known as complex trauma disorder) is a psychological disorder that can develop in response to prolonged, repeated experience of interpersonal trauma in a context in which the individual has little or no chance of escape. C-PTSD relates to the trauma model of mental disorders and is associated with chronic sexual, psychological and physical abuse and neglect, chronic intimate partner violence, victims of kidnapping and hostage situations, indentured servants, victims of slavery and human trafficking, sweatshop workers, prisoners of war, concentration camp survivors and defectors of cults or cult-like organizations, narcissistic child abuse ...

Suggested Reading

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker

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