I really think it has to do with the trauma that you endured, and how long you have endured it. You will have good days (thank goodness for them), and then you will have bad days (that you have to relive it). Trying to stay busy and doing things you enjoy, do help to stay positive and help you to heal. And remember to be kind to yourself, sometimes we are focused on everyone else, but you have to help yourself first. xox
Answered 10 years ago
If it becomes long term, it's no longer just PTSD, it's Chronic PTSD, and yes, once it becomes Chronic it can last a lifetime. Apparently many people eventually come to terms with their traumatic experience, but as athena2012 pointed out it's a complicated question that depends on many factors. About 30% of people with PTSD go Chronic according to some information from the AMA I recently read in an article.
Sadly, I think it does. I going on 40 this year, and still have a lot of problems from when I was a kid up to 4 years ago. It gets easier to cope with time and the right tools but I dont think it ever goes away.
I think as Athena and Bmontford do - a lot depends on the actual trauma, when it occurred, how severe your reaction was to it, and lots of other issues. In my situation I was diagnosed with PTSD at first, but within a few weeks of CBT, my therapist downgraded me to a low level GAD. The trick is recognizing it, and then getting the help and taking the steps to resolve the issue that caused the PTSD in the first place.