As a survivor of acquaintance rape, I am wondering how long PTSD symptoms last? Is this something
that ever goes away?
Your question is an excellent one and is one that is frequently asked. Even after a lengthy period of successful
counseling, symptoms may reappear. This is normal. Memories are triggered by changes and events throughout
ones' life. These changes are unique to the survivor's life and their traumatic event.
Realizing that symptoms continue to reoccur gives some a reassurance of normalcy for all victims of trauma. A
return to therapy to work through and obtain support during this troubling time can be most beneficial.
Connie Saindon, M.A., MFT, has been a Licensed Marital and Family
Therapist since 1979. In addition to providing services for
Individuals, couples and families, Ms. Saindon is among the few
specialists in the field of violent death bereavement. Founder the
Survivors of Violent Death Program and volunteer faculty at the
University of California Medical School Department of Psychiatry, she
is author of The Journey, Violent Death Bereavement: Adult Survivors
Workbook and contributing author of Violent Death: Resilience and
Intervention beyond the Crisis. To reach her, please see this page.