Post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time. Mental health providers use evidence-based, trauma-focused therapies. These treatments break the cycle of avoidance. Most patients can make substantial improvement within 6-12 weeks with dramatic reductions in distress and symptoms. For most, the therapy is not as bad as they think it is going to be. People who have been through a traumatic event should seek out a mental health provider and request a screening. For more information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD website.
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