FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) -

How Long Can PTSD Last?

If not treated, PTSD can stretch for a very long time. In some cases, people have been seen carrying PTSD symptoms for their entire lives. However, the severity of symptoms in such cases may decrease with time. On the other hand, symptoms in some people may increase if reminded of traumatic events regularly.

How Can I Detect PTSD?

Generally, a psychiatrist or psychologist diagnoses PTSD. To be diagnosed positive with PTSD, the patient must have the following symptoms for at least 30-60 days:

  • One or more re-experiencing symptom
  • Three or more avoidance symptoms
  • Two or more hyper-arousal symptoms
  • Avoiding public gathering and meeting people.

What are the treatments for PTSD?

There are various methods that are used for curing PTSD – 

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to restore the normal thought process in the patient.
  • Exposure therapy is used to make people face what they fear in a safe environment so that they learn to get over it.
  • EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing combines exposure therapy with various guided eye movements. It helps people process traumatic memories and change their response to these memories.
  • Anti-anxiety medications or Antidepressants are also used to reduce the symptoms of PTSD.

Are Veterans More Prone To PTSD?

Undoubtedly, a large number of veterans have PTSD. However, PTSD can develop in a person due to different traumatic or life-threatening incidents like sexual assault, child abuse, accidents, bombings, or natural disasters such as tornadoes, for example. Any traumatic event can cause PTSD. In America, 8 out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives. 


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