This study aimed to examine how UK military veterans with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) engage with psychological services. Qualitative interviews were conducted with eight veterans with CPTSD. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. UK veterans with CPTSD were found to experience a number of barriers in accessing and engaging with mental health services. That certain CPTSD symptoms (e.g., negative self-concept) may act as a deterrent to help-seeking warrants further exploration in future help-seeking initiatives to ensure that those with CPTSD are able to access appropriate care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-178
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number2
Early online date15 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2021


  • Complex PTSD
  • ICD-11
  • mental health
  • stigma
  • trauma
  • veterans


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