Humans are ingenious. We’ve cured the likes of polio, measles, rubella, and smallpox with vaccines after years of research. So why can’t we cure posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? The answer is complicated because, as with all mental health disorders, PTSD has mysterious causes and so far, only some of its symptoms can be managed. The goal of treating PTSD is to allow – through therapy, education, medicine – affected individuals to return to some level of normalcy.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects up to 8 million people every year, according to some estimates, and is more prevalent in females than males. While mostly affecting adults, symptoms can also threaten the mental and physical wellbeing of children. PTSD can’t be cured, but the symptoms can be managed by educating yourself, seeking treatment, taking medication, and attending therapy as directed, and other steps. If you think you have symptoms, don’t ignore them – get help.