There is an assessment tool available for helping clinicians determine whether or not a patient may be suffering from C-PTSD, known as the Inventory of Altered Self Capacities (IASC.) If you don't think your current therapist "gets-it," then this could be a means whereby your symptoms are spelled-out in language they should understand. Inventory of Altered Self CapacitiesDeveloped by: John Briere, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and PsychologyKeck School of Medicine University of Southern California, Center Director USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center (USC-ATTC) National Child Traumatic Stress Network, SAMHSA, Director Psychological Trauma Program Department of Psychiatry Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center http://www.johnbriere.com/iasc.htmThis test is available from Psychological Assessment Resources. http://www4.parinc.com/Products/Product.aspx?ProductID=IASCThe IASC measures seven types of "self-related" psychological difficulties, such as identity problems, affect dysregulation, and interpersonal conflicts, often considered to reside diagnostically on Axis II of DSM-IV. When arising from trauma, many of these altered self-capacities are considered to be part of "complex PTSD." The IASC is a fully standardized psychological test, with norms from 620 general population subjects and validation studies from samples of clinical and university participants.
That's a good question. This assessment tool is designed to identify Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) not PTSD. The significant difference being in the length and duration of exposure to trauma. The trauma can be physical, psychological, sexual - or a combination.It shows you've certainly done your homework, too. It has been proposed that C-PTSD is the overarching dianosis for a syndrome that includes borderline personality disorder, somatization disorder, and dissociative identiity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder.) This is probably the reason you've identified some similarities in your sources/literature.Dr. Judith Herman, MD of Harvard University, suggested that a new diagnosis, Complex PTSD, is needed to describe the symptoms of long-term trauma. Another name sometimes used to describe the cluster of symptoms referred to as C-PTSD is Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS). A work group has also proposed a diagnosis of Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) for children and adolescents who experience chronic traumatic events.