24 Nov 2011
Hi, I saw this question, and knew that I had to respond. I had some trauma growing up, making my memory of my childhood for the most part completely blank. Due to the fact that my experience ranged over a course of many years, I have c-ptsd vs. ptsd, a distinction that was suppose to be made soon, or has already been done. One is not better than the other, and for the most part, they're very similar in many aspects, however the flashbacks generally differ in that I have more emotionally charged flashbacks, and the regular ptsd have more visual flashbacks. Both are beyond words, simply terrible.
A couple years ago (or 3?) I had my first true flash back when speaking to my dad in the car, and had to pull off to the side of the road. That one time was the start of a continuous series of flashbacks of lost memories, memories that I've subconsciously buried as deep as I could. Even last thanksgiving, some bad things happened, and I completely don't remember that day as a result. Also, as a result, I have not visited my parents and older brother since.
This obviously was a primary cause to many other issues that I was suffering from such as anxiety and depression. I was being medicated at the time for these issues. I decided to see a therapist, and after a couple years, I was almost cured of this. The only reason as to why I didn't finnish was that I lost my job, and have not been able to find one since. Regardless, due to the therapy, I was able to stop taking most of the meds that were originally prescribed for this problem. PTSD is considered to be an "easier" condition to treat vs. C-PTSD simply due to the duration of time. A singular event is easier to fix vs. years and years of a persons life.
I would most definitely recommend going on the medications with the knowledge that it will be only a temporary thing. I also have chronic pain, and that is different, that is something that I may have to take meds for the rest of my life, but not the c-ptsd / ptsd. I hope that this is of some help to you!
Best of luck to you!