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The current PTSD diagnosis often does not capture the severe psychological harm that occurs with prolonged, repeated trauma. For example, long-term trauma may affect a healthy person's self-concept and adaptation. The symptoms of such prolonged trauma have been mistaken for character weakness, but this is an unfair characterization.
 
Research is currently underway to determine if the diagnosis of complex PTSD is the best way to categorize the symptoms seen in people who have suffered prolonged trauma.
 
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