Hello. Welcome to JustAnswer. I am sorry to hear about your situation. You may recover from PTSD with treatment. Without treatment, it can last several months to many years, depending on what happened to you and how you feel about it.
Symptoms of PTSD are similar to Anxiety
and Depression. In order to treat PTSD, you may need individual therapy, a support group for adults with PTSD and/or Pharmacotherapy like antidepressants (if depression or anxiety is severe). Do you feel anxious and/or depressed sometimes? If so, you might need to see a psychiatrist (M.D.) for medication evaluation and prescription. In my opinion, I would like you to try psychological counseling first.
You may need to see a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in PTSD. Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and EMDR ((Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing) will work for both PTSD. EMDR and CBT (including RELAXATION TECHNIQUES, IMAGINAL FLOODING, GRADUATED & PROLONGED EXPOSURE, IMPLOSIVE THERAPY, STRESS
INOCULATION TRAINING) are most effective for PTSD. You may find a licensed psychologist or psychotherapist who SPECIALIZES IN EMDR and/or CBT and PTSD & Depression in a community clinic, a local hospital or a private office setting.
You can search a licensed psychologist/psychotherapist on internet- such as the PSYCHOLOGY TODAY website. Go to (http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/ppc/prof_search.php?iorb=4764) and enter your zip code and optional category of specialty such as PTSD. Read psychotherapists’ profile to see if he or she specializes in Cognitive-behavior therapy and PTSD. You may also want to create your mental image of psychotherapist that you want to work with – Male or female? Old or young? To note, many therapists offer initial consultation for free. So you can see it as an informational meeting. You can ask any question and negotiate psychotherapy fee.
Another way to find a psychotherapist, you may call your insurance company and can ask for a list of providers who you may work with. If you have no health insurance, you can also call The United Way toll free # 211 to find the community mental health centers in your area where you can get treatment described above even without health insurance. You can get counseling for free or low fee. To find a specialist/therapist for PTSD, contact ANXIETY DISORDERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA(http://www.adaa.org) and go to the link - (http://www.adaa.org/findatherapist). To find a therapist who specialize in EMDR, please go to the website (www.emdr.com) and go to the section FIND AN EMDR CLINICIAN (www.emdr.com/clinic).
Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. I hope you get well with treatment soon.