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Deciding to Get Treatment for PTSD

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There are many reasons why you may not want to get treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

But you need to get treatment. Treatment can work, and early treatment may help reduce long-term symptoms.

Here are some reasons people don't seek treatment and what you can do about them.

"It's hard to schedule and find time for an appointment." "I can't get there."

"See a shrink? I'm not crazy." "People will think I'm weak." "What will my family and friends think?"

"Someone might get into my medical records and see this."

"I'm afraid of someone seeing that I'm not in control of myself."

"I've tried to talk to people. They just don't get it and don't care."

"It happened a long time ago. How can anything help me?"

"I can't afford it."

"It might hurt my career."

"Mental health care doesn't work." "I've had counseling before and don't like it."

"I went to Iraq, but never saw combat. How could I have PTSD?"

"It's normal to think about my combat experience until I get used to life in the U.S. again."

For more information, see the topic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Credits for Deciding to Get Treatment for PTSD

Current as of: February 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Jessica Hamblen PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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