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Reasons Why People Do Not Seek Treatment For PTSD

There are several common reasons why individuals may hesitate to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Let’s explore a few of these reasons and address them:

  1. The Media Says It Cannot Be Cured: However, the past 30 years there have been some major therapeutic breakthroughs to cure PTSD – just not learning how to cope with the symptoms with prescribed drugs and cognitive therapies.
  2. Lack of Trust: Some people may not trust therapists or psychologists. Building trust with a mental health professional is essential, but it’s crucial to remember that they are there to help you.
  3. Financial Concerns: Worries about the cost of treatment can be a barrier. Even if you have insurance, mental health coverage may not always be comprehensive. However, seeking help is an investment in your well-being.
  4. Stigma and Perceived Weakness: The fear of being perceived as weak or “crazy” prevents some from seeking treatment. Remember that seeking help takes strength and courage, and mental health issues are not character flaws.
  5. Time and Scheduling: Scheduling appointments can be challenging, especially if you’re busy. Consider finding a convenient time and prioritize your well-being.
  6. Privacy Concerns: Fear of others discovering your mental health struggles can be a significant obstacle. Rest assured that doctors and counselors take privacy seriously.
  7. Belief That Time Alone Will Heal: Waiting for symptoms to improve naturally is common, but early treatment is more effective. PTSD symptoms can worsen over time, so seeking help promptly is essential.
  8. Impact on Relationships: PTSD symptoms can strain relationships. Seeking treatment can improve your interactions with loved ones.
  9. Past Trauma: Even if the trauma occurred years ago, treatment can still be beneficial. Advances in PTSD treatment mean that it’s never too late to seek help.
  10. Loss of Benefits: There are people that would rather suffer from their PTSD symptoms than lose their government benefits (Social Security or VA DisabilityRating).
Here are over (8) effective PTSD treatments that actually cure PTSD:

Remember that seeking treatment is a courageous step toward healing and improving your quality of life. I know because I use to have PTSD.


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