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Will my ptsd ever go away?
I have chronic/complex PTSD as well as OCD and ADHD.  I have suffered for the last 14 years and have tried therapy, inpatient counseling, meds, hypnotherapy, etc. and I still continue to have chronic symtoms which have only gotten worse over the years.  Each time I experience a new "stress" I am less able to cope and my symptoms get worse.  I have been unable to work for almost 2 years and still have constant nightmares, panic attacks, and flashbacks as well as extreme obsessions and compulsions.  I read that my brain may be permanently damaged because my trauma (abuse) started when I was very young (age 5) and continued for many years.  In addition, I was raped when I was 22 , had a son with two serious illnesses inutero and at 5wks, and we have been homeless twice.  Each time I am less able to cope and fell like I am losing it all together.  Will this be a permanent disablilty to deal with for the rest of my life or can I be cured? If it wasn't for my son, I would have given up long ago because no matter what I do, I don't seem to be able to get over it and get better.
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I'm sorry about all of that you have went through.  I was informally diagnosed with PTSD in college after going thru several things, divorce, house fire, abuse by a parent.  It can be very frightening.  I have anxiety now, and it comes and goes.  I stay on meds and go to counseling, which have made things better, but it's still there.  I think you should never give up.  Whereas we have anxiety, etc., other people are sick with cancer, etc.  This is our cross to bear.  Keep trying whatever your counselor/dr. recommends - get a new counselor/dr if you have to.  You may go through several.  I think you are going through a tremendous amount of stress right now.  Try to relieve yourself of extra stressors - be it people that aren't supportive, or whatever.  Hope you feel better - take care.
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Tried, tried and tried.

And you have tried everything that is generally known to work.

But my instincts tell me that if you know the reason why you stopped therapy -why it wasn't working- we'll be able to make some educated guesses about where you go from here.

Can you enlighten us?

Meanwhile, yes, the PTSD CAN go away -it just takes some work.
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Thanks for your replies.  Good feeling that someone listened and took the time to respond. (even if I panicked awhile thinking I had made a mistake when no one first responded and I thought I was in the wrong place)

I'm sure I'll learn how to do this with some practice and thanks to other advice from JS.

Oh-where is the best place to answer your questions about the therapy as I found it very long to explain and I just saved it to a folder instead of responding so I can figure out exactly the best way to do this without writing a book and scaring you off from the size of the post without you even knowing me.
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