To achieve healing, buried feelings need to be expressed. Healing comes through gaining support from healthy relationships. This is especially vital if a close relationship was destroyed by the trauma.
Some of those experiencing PTSD may need to consider counseling. Counseling provides a safe atmosphere in which a person can learn to reduce their anxiety and build healthy ways of coping with suppressed emotions. Unresolved feelings of grief, anger or guilt may resurface while dealing with the trauma, and counseling offers the support needed to safely process these emotions and enable the person to move on from the symptoms holding them back. In more severe cases, medication for anxiety or depression may also be prescribed as part of the treatment.
Past traumas can never be erased, but a person can choose to work toward healing the pain. With professional guidance, it’s possible to learn to let the past be the past and begin to look forward to the future.