Individuals who have been exposed to prolonged traumatic circumstances, especially during childhood, such as childhood sexual abuse are said to suffer from a disorder called post-traumatic personality disorder. These individuals often show symptoms for diseases such as borderline personality disorder, somatoform disorder, and multiple personality disorder.
Patients suffering from post-traumatic personality disorder exhibit symptoms such as:
|Behavioral difficulties such as:|
Sexual acting out
|Emotional difficulties such as:|
|Cognitive difficulties such as:|
Treatment generally focuses on behavioral and affect management in a here-and-now context with emphasis on family function, vocational rehabilitation, social skills training, and alcohol/drug rehabilitation. Long-term individual and group treatments have also been used for such patients.
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