You may have or know someone who has suffered from PTSD, or has recovered from PTSD; PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that tends to affect people that have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Many things can bring it on, ranging from a natural disaster to an accident.
You may ask: How do you recover from PTSD? how long does it take to recover from PTSD? It doesn’t go overnight, that’s for sure. Like all issues that affect those mentally, we must take time, the right measures, to recover fully.
Can you fully recover from PTSD?
Depending on the severity of trauma, as well as genetic factors and existing features of your personality, it can range from months to years. In some severe cases PTSD may not fully go away; although most people do slowly get better, it’s important to know that this is not always the case.
This is due to the symptoms themselves varying; some people experiencing them months, to even years after a traumatic experience. Examples of a PTSD attack can include panic attacks, flashbacks and nightmares.
The main reason as to why one may never recover fully from PTSD; if they experience a major increase in stress, or a reminder of their past trauma; These can resurface symptoms and trigger one’s PTSD all over again.
Can PTSD come back?
As mentioned above PTSD can go and return if there was a stimulus to trigger it. However, this isn’t a usual thing can doesn’t happen suddenly; these tend to be events that trigger the condition altogether.
Although symptoms may have been absent or dormant, triggers such as the anniversary of the event could warrant for a return. This is also if the individual has received treatment; if they haven’t fully recovered, this can happen.
If an individual goes through a repeat cycle of events and trauma, it can on some occasions trigger a more severe version of PTSD.
Treatment options for PTSD
Treatment for PTSD ranges from the combatting of the anxiety and depressive side effects, for which CBT is effective. CBT works to help with patients suffering from both short-term and long-term PTSD; In this case ensuring the events are at the centre of the treatment and dealt with directly.
Other treatment options include antidepressants and medications. In terms of first line treatment for PTSD, SSRIs are considered the go-to solutions.