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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Will I Have To Deal With PTSD For The Rest Of My Life?

I have Complex PTSD and depression. I have made a good deal of progress and my symptoms are way down. My therapist and psychiatrist tell me that this is a chronic situation and that I will be seeing the psychiatrist for a long time to come. This is very distressing to me that I will be stuck with this label for life. Is it realistic to totally get over one's PTSD? I have been told that it is time for me to start accepting this as a long-term chronic situation and that is very hard for me to do. My symptoms have waxed and waned for quite awhile. They want me to go to a DBT group to learn coping strategies.

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