Welcome to Out of the Storm
Out of the Storm (OOTS) was started in the fall of 2014 as a sister site to Out of the FOG (OOTF) when it became clear that a significant number of members who had been exposed to someone with a personality disorder on an ongoing basis developed Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Complex PTSD). It was apparent that a separate forum was needed so those affected could focus on recovery from this disorder. The wonderful OOTF Team assisted the Site Manager in starting OOTS and continue to support OOTS with technical and financial assistance.
OOTS is a not-for-profit site created and managed by volunteers who are in recovery from Complex PTSD. Although members are "experts" in the lived experience of Complex PTSD, the content on this site should be used for informational purposes and should not replace professional therapy (Disclaimer).
At OOTS you will find informational web pages about Complex PTSD, including the latest clinical research available. There is also an English speaking Support Forum where members from around the world share information and resources regarding Complex PTSD, discuss their experiences living with the disorder, and provide support to one another as they move forward in learning and recovery.
The majority of members on the forum are adults who experienced ongoing trauma, abuse and/or neglect in childhood and developed Complex PTSD as a result, but individuals who developed the disorder for other reasons and/or in their adult years are also most welcome. Members do NOT require an official diagnosis to join.
OOTS is also beginning work on prevention, raising awareness, and advocating for more and better trauma informed services and treatment worldwide.