How long does post-traumatic stress disorder last?

The intensity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will lessen over time. Getting treatment for symptoms as soon as possible may stop it from becoming a long-term condition. Continued psychotherapy and drug treatment can help you get better. Even with treatment, some people remain disabled from the symptoms caused by the traumatic event.

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