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How long does it take to get over a truamtic experience and return to normal ?

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Last Updated: 11/09/2020 at 6:48pm
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February 6th, 2015 11:27am
There is no set time to get over a traumatic event. Each person has strengths and experiences that help them to work through trauma, as well as other issues such as previous traumas and what is going on in their life at the current time that may impact their ability to cope with the trauma experienced. So trauma recovery can be a minimal amount of time to years. Those who seek professional counseling after trauma tend to have the shortest recovery time because they are able to deal with the consequences from the trauma sooner. As a trauma survivor, the survivor has done nothing wrong to have struggles with coping. Trauma is a terrible experience. Needing assistance to get over it is a normal process and is expected for many people. If you or someone you love has experienced a trauma recently or in your past, please consider treatment. Don't be afraid to seek treatment - what you are going through now is painful, but you are strong... you survived the original trauma. You can survive and get through this.
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May 3rd, 2015 5:48am
It depends honestly. Could be never. It depends how good you are at healing. Trauma shocks your system and you aren't able to process what happened, so until you are able to systematically process and heal from your trauma, it will keep affecting you.
November 3rd, 2015 10:48am
It depends really. For some you might feel better after a week, others it might take years. What's important to remember is to talk about it. Whether it's with a friend, familiy member, therapist, teacher, anything. Talking about your experience and your feelings helps you accept what has happened and that way it might get easier to recover.
May 20th, 2019 12:16am
I'd like to start with the question "What is normal?" If we are honest, there is no normal. What we would all like to return to is a sense of comfort and security. Everyone is different in this regard and trauma recovery depends in a large part on what the person thinks about the trauma and what they do about the trauma. Some people do not develop PTSD over a trauma, others can develop PTSD even if the trauma was very similar. If the person was severely affected by the trauma and refuses to think about it or reach out for help they will suffer for much longer than a person who either is less impacted and / or is willing to reach out for the help that they need. There are many effective treatments for PTSD but none are easy. The hope is that recovery would lead to a renewed or new sense of well-being and confidence, not that the person would forget that the trauma happened but that they would be able to move forward from it feeling strong again.
January 27th, 2015 2:07am
Everyone one takes their own amount of time. and honestly I believe that a traumatic even will always effect someone in some way or sort and it will never return back to how it was before the event happen.
March 27th, 2015 1:05am
Don't set a time limit on yourself because everyone reacts differently to trauma. Go at your own pace and only worry about how YOU feel about the experience.
September 22nd, 2015 6:57pm
Traumatic events often change us forever and your old normal will change and you will settle into a new normal which may have to include acceptance off and coping with the event.
September 13th, 2016 2:31pm
It depends on how long it takes you to process the experience, and how long it takes for you to over come it. Everyone is different and handle situations at different speeds. There isn't necessarily a time frame.
November 9th, 2020 6:48pm
There is no set time to get over a traumatic experience. It's unique to every individual and every experience. It can take days, weeks, or years. You just need to find someone you can trust (a professional, family, friend) and talk to them; recovering on your own is difficult. With due time, "normal" life will return and the trauma will hurt a little bit less. Don't rush the healing process. It's a delicate situation that needs to be handled with love and most importantly care. Even if you or someone you're asking this question for doesn't fully recover, that's okay too, but never stop seeking help and someone to talk to until you feel like you've healed the best you can.