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.