Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) does not typically get better on its own and can affect all areas of a person's quality of life if left untreated. Mental health providers now use evidence-based trauma-focused therapies as treatment — prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy. Part of the reason these treatments work is because they treat the avoidance of memories and reminders of the traumatic event. Most patients can make substantial improvement within 6-12 weeks. If you, or someone you know, have been through a traumatic event, seek out a mental health provider and request a screening. For more information, visit the National Center for PTSD website and the National Institute of Mental Health website.
For more on PTSD and treatment options, visit the Military.com PTSD section.