Treatment for PTSD can help symptoms from getting worse, especially if help is sought soon after the event. But regardless of how long ago the traumatic event occurred, the following therapy options can help sufferers move forward, away from the feeling of being “trapped” in the trauma, to a future of calm, strength and hopefulness:

1. Family therapy
2. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
3. Medication to alleviate secondary symptoms like depression, difficulty sleeping, panic or agitation
4. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
Like a home that needs to be rebuilt after a devastating tornado, the life of a survivor with PTSD can as surely be refashioned to allow the survivor to reclaim her power and step confidently into a resilient future.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with PTSD, reach out to your physician or contact a mental health professional in your area for help, The suffering of PTSD doesn’t have to last–you have the right to take back your life and to move forward with health and happiness.