Can PTSD Be Overcome? Yes!

PTSD recovery requires support.

Photo: Sunna Gautadottir

More and more often now I am putting the question bluntly to all the professionals I interact with: “Can PTSD be overcome?” I ask.

The answer I keep receiving: “Yes!”

Now, let me qualify that little dialogue. The people who say, Yes!, are those who know there is more than one way to heal PTSD symptoms. They are the people who understand we’re all individuals and so our recovery processes are individual, too. This means all kinds of techniques and modalities can and should be tried, including both traditional posttraumatic stress recovery processes and alternative PTSD healing techniques.

These are also the same people whose sole income does not depend on how long you stay in therapy or how many prescriptions you take. And, they are the same people who are creative, open to ideas that go against the accepted biomedical model, and love the idea that while they may not be able to explain exactly why something worked for you, they can rejoice with you that you’re feeling better.

One of the professionals who has a great belief in our ability to overcome posttraumatic stress is Ari Hahn. You might remember Ari from a past episode of YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA (which you can listen to on our archives page). He’s developed a wonderful approach to PTSD resolution that incorporates positive psychology, a theoretical model that I feel is a great complement to any other methodology you might use. It played a role in my own recovery, too.

Last week Ari interviewed me and we had a very, er, positive conversation about my battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, plus my healing. Click here to view the interview between Michele Rosenthal and Ari Hahn.

If you need proof that your attempt to heal is worth it, take a look around for the people who agree it can be done. Then, build your own community full of friends, family, colleagues and professionals who believe in you.


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