How do you define PTSD recovery?

PTSD Recovery Success

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From the very beginning of my quest to overcome symptoms of posttraumatic stress, my goal was to be 100% free of them all. It never occurred to me to accept anything less.

Sure, there were days I thought I’d have to accept never getting better! But when I imagined the idea of ‘recovery’ I imagined if I could do it, it would mean I was no longer struggling with any of those pesky PTSD symptoms that drive us nuts. Achieving the goal of being 100% free is, I think, the biggest accomplishment of my life.

At some point in recovery every single one of us has to ask the question: What does recovery mean to me?

Possible answers:

  • You have zero symptoms.
  • You can control your symptoms.
  • You accept life with your symptoms.
  • You have occasional symptoms.

There are, of course, other answers. I’ve heard several since I began working with clients and advocating for PTSD awareness. The critical thing to know is this:

How you choose to define PTSD recovery sets the limits for what you will achieve.

Make sure you develop your recovery definition so that it correctly aligns with what you really, truly, deeply want. Having your definition align with your desire removes conflict from your process and more strongly focuses you on your path to success.


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