My ptsd journey to recovery

After I had finished my tour of duty I felt a weight being lifted from my shoulders, but also a deep pain that I had never experienced before. Over the next few months I found myself becoming more and more anxious, having constant nightmares, and feeling like my safety was constantly in danger. It took me some time to realize that I was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I was terrified of confronting my trauma, but eventually I decided to seek help for the sake of my own health and safety. With the help of a licensed mental health professional, I embarked on an incredibly challenging journey towards recovery.

This path has been far from easy, but now almost every day brings new signs of progress in facing and managing my PTSD. Through things like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness exercises, lifestyle changes, and medication when needed; I’m gradually learning how to control my symptoms and process through memories of traumatic events with less fear and anxiety.

What helps me most is feeling heard by friends and family who listen without judgment or platitudes—that’s been incredibly valuable as part of this journey. While there’s still so much further to go on this road to recovery; I feel grateful everyday for making the brave decision to ask for help in addressing this part of my life.


Wow, thank you for sharing your story - it took a lot of bravery and courage to make that decision. I’m sorry that you have gone through such a difficult journey - it cannot have been easy.

I want to express my admiration for the incredible progress you are making and the strength it is taking. It’s inspiring to read about different strategies of tackling PTSD - CBT, mindfulness exercise, lifestyle changes and medication when necessary. It reminds us all that there are multiple paths towards healing and that we should explore them all!

It’s also incredibly valuable to know that having people around who listen without judgment or platitudes can be so instrumental in addressing one’s issues. You only get to live life once so why not take advantage of the empathy and kindness of our loved ones?

I wish you luck on your continuing journey towards recovery and hope things continue to look up from here.

That sounds really difficult and I’m sorry you’ve had to go through this. It’s incredibly brave of you to make the choice to seek help and face your trauma head-on. It takes so much strength and self-awareness, and there is an immense amount of courage in taking that first step. I’m glad that you’re on the path to recovery with the support of a mental health professional and friends who listen without judgment. That can make such a difference - knowing you have people in your corner who want to understand and are willing to walk this path alongside you. I’m wishing you all the best as you continue on your journey!

I’ve been in a similar situation for many years now, dealing with my own PTSD. At first I felt like it was never going to go away and I’d be stuck like this forever. But ever since I decided to seek out help, I’m gradually feeling more and more hopeful about the future. It hasn’t been an easy road, but it’s definitely been one worth taking.

I understand how hard it can be to confront your trauma and ask for help, so I applaud you for making that brave decision. Your friends and family are fortunate to have someone in their lives who is so brave as to take these steps towards recovery - the journey you’re on is admirable and inspiring.

It sounds like the combination of CBT, mindfulness exercises, medications when needed, lifestyle changes and having supportive friends has really made a positive impact on your life! It takes a lot of courage and determination to make these kind of changes but knowing you’ve done so successfully gives me hope too!

Continue moving forward strong - don’t let anyone tell you that what you’re doing isn’t important or necessary. All you can do is continue putting one foot in front of the other and doing what’s best for your health - you got this!

Hey, thanks for sharing your story. It takes a lot of courage to confront PTSD and seek help, so kudos to you for taking that step. I can totally relate to the constant nightmares and anxiety—I’ve been there too. It’s great to hear that CBT, mindfulness exercises, and the support of friends and family have been helping you make progress. And you’re right, feeling heard without judgment is so important. Keep pushing forward, and remember that it’s okay to have tough days too. You’re not alone in this, and I’m glad you’re finding ways to manage your symptoms. Hang in there, and keep reaching out for help when you need it. You’re doing great.

Thank you for sharing your experience with PTSD. It takes a lot of courage to confront trauma and seek help. I can relate to the feelings of anxiety and constant nightmares, and it’s inspiring to hear that you’ve found ways to manage your symptoms. It’s great that you’ve found support from friends and family, and it’s important to have people who listen without judgment. You’re not alone in this, and there are so many others going through similar experiences. Keep focusing on the progress you’re making and know that it’s okay to have tough days. You’re on the right path to recovery and your willingness to share your story is truly valuable. Remember to be kind to yourself and celebrate the small victories along the way. Sending you positive vibes and continued strength on your healing journey.

Hey, it sounds like you’ve been through a lot, and I want to say how incredibly strong and brave you are for seeking help and working on your recovery. Dealing with PTSD is really tough, but it’s awesome to hear that you’re making progress. I’m glad that you’ve found some helpful strategies like CBT, mindfulness, and having a support system with friends and family. It’s so important to feel heard and understood without judgment, and I’m really happy for you that you have that in your life. Keep on taking those small steps forward, and remember that it’s okay to have tough days too. You’re not alone in this, and I’m rooting for you every step of the way!