Hi! You know, to give you the best answer, I think I should ask you a few questions first that will help define the problem and the situation.
Is she getting any treatment right now? If so, what type? How is it going?
If not, when was the last treatment? What type of treatment was it? Was it helpful?
Any extra information that will help, feel free to share.
Hi! I believe I can be of help with this issue.
I can imagine how awful this situation must be for her. I have to tell you that you are correct in "meaning" but you are incorrect in technical terms. What do I mean?
PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The word Post refers to the traumatic stress AFTER the trauma has ended. In other words, once she leaves this man, she might have lingering effects of the trauma of being part of his world and the blaming and controlling and other experiences.The lingering effects would be called PTSD.
While she's still experiencing the trauma, this is not PTSD. It's present trauma. So treatment is different. Why?
With PTSD she will be treated for the symptoms of the EFECTS of the trauma of being with this man. While she's still with him, the treatment can really only be to help her resolve to leave. Otherwise, she's just defeating the treatment as soon as she leaves the therapist and goes back to the man, the source of the trauma.
So, if she's still with him, it's imperative for her to leave. Because all the help really can't help until she's out of the situation.
Okay, I wish you the very best!
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