Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Prognosis

The prognosis for PTSD differs widely depending on a number of factors. Those factors include:

  • Whether the original trauma was expected
  • How severe the trauma was
  • How long the trauma lasted
  • The patient's genetic makeup and personality

When treated, many patients experience significant improvement. However, some individuals never recover fully from a terrible event. Some survivors of the Holocaust, for example, experienced permanent psychological scars as a result of that event.

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