Hi there, thank you for the question. PTSD is something that we can treat into remission, experiencing minimal to no symptoms. It’s a really adaptive condition that’s kind of like a smoke detector that has become overly sensitive, to ensure that we don’t get into similar situations that our brain has told us are dangerous. Re-wiring our responses can take time and dedication on behalf of both of the client and therapist. It can be really uncomfortable.
Booking an appointment with a trained therapist who is familiar and/or certified with evidence based practices (EBPs) for PTSD is essential (Cognitive Processing Therapy, EMDR, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy). Here is some more information on treatments that have been endorsed by the VA: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand_tx/talk_therapy.asp
Additionally, you can find more information about this condition there.
PTSD = Please Try Something Different…
I know with some degree of certainty that certain types of therapy, done consistently, can alleviate the symptoms of PTSD. While I don’t believe much of what we experience goes nor should go away entirely, I do encourage people to reach out and travel a path that hasn’t been taken. While PTSD isn’t something that fades away, the symptoms are altered over time, based on how we work on it and time itself. I think another question would be whether learning coping skills would do any good regardless of the prognosis of PTSD staying for good or sticking around. I also hope this helps in some way and thank you for reaching out.
PTSD is a very difficult experience and healing can be a journey. Symptoms of PTSD tell you over and over again that you are not safe, and it often feels like you will never feel safe again. But this is not true. You CAN feel safe again. You can overcome. Seeking a counselor in the process is vital in order to learn the coping skills you mentioned and also to work through and process experiences in order to heal. Many research studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy to be very effective in treating PTSD. It can be difficult to reach out and seek help, but it will be so beneficial if you do.
The American Psychological Association has a list of treatment options that you might find helpful: https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/treatments. Working together with a skilled therapist and forming a trusting relationship with them will be a great benefit to you in beginning this road to healing.
Best wishes to you!