When suffering Complex PTSD or PTSD, depression is going to show up somewhere down the line. It is one of those symptoms that is almost always present with a post-traumatic state.
It is important to realize that a depressive state is both a symptom and an effect of post-trauma. Depression is often perceived and treated as a stand-alone mental/emotional illness.
There are various ways of looking at depression when examining the symptoms of PTSD.
Over time, you run out of energy resources. You will start to get allergies and have a sensitivity to various foods; also, the possibility of asthma attacks, chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, and a break-down of the immune system.
While going through trauma, your adrenals and nervous system get geared up for survival into fight or flight mode. Once the traumatic experience or episode has passed, your circumstance or personal mindset may not have been sufficiently capable of integrating and containing that high nervous system and emotional energy charge, and, as a result, you remain stuck at “ON.”
From being stuck at “ON” for too long, you will eventually flip over and get stuck at “OFF.”
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