Recovery from PTSD includes addressing both mental and physical symptoms.
“They will never completely recover to the person they would have been had they not been traumatized,” Murphy said. “They just need to adapt to a new reality for them.”
Family members of people with PTSD should be patient but also present for their loved ones, Murphy said. Realizing physical symptoms is also important when it comes to treatment.
“I think it cannot be stressed enough that there is a mind-body connection,” Murphy said. “I think that people have often thought of trauma as a psychological phenomenon, and they have to realize that every psychological experience has an impact on your body whether it’s positive or negative.”
You can learn more about PTSD, including symptoms and diagnosis, here.