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How long does it take to get well from ptsd and how can I speed up the process?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Variable

Some people have some symptoms of ptsd but don't meet diagnostic criteria.
Other people have mild ptsd. Some have severe sxs. Ptsd could be from one traumatic event (simple) or from numerous events and stressors (complex). Thus there is no one time table for recovery. If ptsd is severe, psychiatric meds are likely indicated. Cognitive processing therapy has outstanding results with ptsd.

In brief: Variable

Some people have some symptoms of ptsd but don't meet diagnostic criteria.
Other people have mild ptsd. Some have severe sxs. Ptsd could be from one traumatic event (simple) or from numerous events and stressors (complex). Thus there is no one time table for recovery. If ptsd is severe, psychiatric meds are likely indicated. Cognitive processing therapy has outstanding results with ptsd.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Quite variable...

Ptsd is quite common and it is often a chronic condition for many.
Good support from family/friend/work environmen t is important. Many require medications and therapy to cope, and often do well if taking meds and cont with therapy etc... Healing takes time adn regular follow-up with your doc/therapist is improtant. Don't stop your med w/o letting your doc/therapist know. Best of luck to you.

In brief: Quite variable...

Ptsd is quite common and it is often a chronic condition for many.
Good support from family/friend/work environmen t is important. Many require medications and therapy to cope, and often do well if taking meds and cont with therapy etc... Healing takes time adn regular follow-up with your doc/therapist is improtant. Don't stop your med w/o letting your doc/therapist know. Best of luck to you.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Mary p Marshall
The trauma might not ever go away. Coping with it and learning form it is the answer.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Management

Typically with the more severe cases of PTSD, the medical/psychological is not so much about curing it, as it is about effectively managing it.
It never goes away in the sense of being cured. In a way both patients and doctors are students of managing severe cases of PTSD, and never master of controlling it, unfortunately.

In brief: Management

Typically with the more severe cases of PTSD, the medical/psychological is not so much about curing it, as it is about effectively managing it.
It never goes away in the sense of being cured. In a way both patients and doctors are students of managing severe cases of PTSD, and never master of controlling it, unfortunately.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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