10 Jul Can PTSD Be Cured?
Will I ever heal? This is one of the most common questions in regards to PTSD. The optimistic answer is anything is possible, so yes. The other side: maybe not completely, so no.
Recovery or learning to cope with PTSD depends on the individual set of circumstances and what event caused the PTSD. Also, the choices you make can shorten or lengthen the road to recovery and the task of understanding how to live with this disability.
Of course, it’s always advisable to seek professional help. There are many different types of processes for recovery. For some, talking about the event helps them gain control. For others, it’s just a reliving of the nightmare, and no matter how many times they tell the story, the intense emotions don’t subside.
The Path To Recovery
Just like the recovery from any ailment, there is no right road. It’s true different processes work for different people. It’s important to keep an open mind, trust your instincts, and believe that you will get better.
Some Helpful Tips To Consider:
- Try to keep doing the things you loved before the event, even if you don’t want to. Eventually, you will find your way back.
- There is beauty and joy in the world. Every day be aware of all that is around you. Work at being present by saying what you see/hear, smell aloud – singing bird, clean laundry, blue shirt, pink scarf, McDonald’s, red hat, stop sign, etc.
- It won’t be easy, but try to laugh. You may find yourself laughing and crying simultaneously.
- Most people around you won’t understand your problem. Gravitate towards those who do and help you feel better. Stay away from those who want to keep you down and prefer you broken when you start healing or try to trigger you.
- Some people may avoid you. Don’t take it personally. We are all on our own journeys.
- Give yourself a lot of slack, and heal at your own pace. When you’ve been through a lot, it’s going to take time.
- Remember, the deeper the pain you have, the greater your capacity for wisdom and happiness. Every action always has an opposite and equal reaction.
- Distraction, not the destruction of the self or others. But if you overdrink occasionally, it’s fine. However, if you get into a habit, get help. Bad habits just intensify your problems.
- Always have faith in yourself no matter what. You should believe that you will make it to the other side.
- Try to have patience with the people around you. If they don’t understand, it’s because they’ve never experienced anything like it before. Be happy for them.
- Consider yourself lucky that you are alive to tell your story.
PTSD is a disorder of the brain. The brain is neuroplastic and wants to heal. PTSD is a relatively new diagnosis, so our society does not have a lot of experience in treating it yet. Just because, for example, a combination of meds and cognitive behavioral therapy is said not to have a cure does not mean there is no cure. It just means that particular modality has not figured it out yet.
The mind is very powerful. If you believe that something can’t be healed, it dramatically decreases the odds of healing. So, do not let our limited advances in PTSD limit you.