As Service Members or Veterans with PTSD, it is important that we know more about our diagnosis than anyone else - more than our therapists, our doctors, and our treatment team. At the end of the day, no one will be more invested in your recovery than you. It is vital that we understand PTSD inside and out - what it is, what it isn't, and how to come back from it.
When we don't fully understand our diagnosis, PTSD can feel terrifying. But the truth is that PTSD is relatively common, and there are three VA-approved treatment methods that work 90% of the time: Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) (learn more here). And the truth is that those evidence-based treatments (EBTs) work for the long haul; PTSD does not "go into remission" like cancer only to strike us another day.
There is misinformation galore about PTSD, even among treatment professionals, so it's time for us to get to work.
“If you believe change is possible, you want to change, and you are willing to do the work, you absolutely CAN get your life back.”