Our Real Life Experience With CPTSD & PTSD

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  1. My wife endured 25 years of trauma and abuse from a religious cult and suffers severe PTSD. We’ve been married now more than 25 years and lately her PTSD has been getting worse. I am often at a loss as to what to do. People, including myself, think PTSD should get better as time goes on. Here is the question I am seeking information on. Is it common for a person experiencing PTSD to see an increase and intensity in their condition as they age? My wife is now 54. We are both afraid she will continue to worsen and hope is slipping away.

    • Hello David,

      Thank you for your very thoughtful question and sharing your wife’s concerns with us. In my opinion, I do not feel that aging causes PTSD symptoms to worsen. What I have heard from others and have experienced myself is that initially we tend to practice the coping skills, grounding techniques, and other tools learned along the way. However, once our symptoms begin improving, causing us more comfort, we don’t exercise these skills as often. This is due to human nature – when we start feeling better, we stop doing what it was to make us feel better, because of how minimal our PTSD episodes & symptoms have become. Now, I am not a medical professional, just a person with PTSD who is passionate on helping others from sharing my experiences (both enriching and horrific). Get back to the basics, and start there. She should see a quick improvement because our psyche is like “muscle memory”.

      Here are a couple of articles (approximately 3 mins each) as a short refresher course. David, please feel free to reach out anytime. I would really like to hear how well her progress is going. I invite you to email my confidential inbox, if you ever want to. And of course your wife is always welcome as well. [email protected]

      1. https://ptsdwifey.com/ptsd-grounding-calming-techniques/
      2. https://ptsdwifey.com/ptsd-quotes-inspiration/

      Does anyone else have some insight or advice for David and his amazing wife? Please share. Hang in there, you two will figure out how to minimize your wife’s suffering and put PTSD on the back burner where it belongs!

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