Prognosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The prognosis for those people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder depends upon the severity of the symptoms and a host of other factors. Some of these include the length of the traumatic event and the presence of underlying mental disorders. Recovery is often a slow and gradual process and the symptoms rarely disappear completely. Treatment however, does help sufferers learn to cope more effectively with everyday situations and can lessen the intensity and frequency of the symptoms. With treatment, the person is better able to manage his or her feelings related to the trauma.

Research is currently being conducted into the factors leading to PTSD and developing new therapies to treat the disorder. Some studies indicate that early intervention and counseling can help people who have suffered a traumatic experience by reducing the severity of the symptoms or preventing them all together. 
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