3 Mindsets for PTSD Recovery

Recovery from PTSD is a challenging endeavor, one that is often filled with both fear and a sense of hope. The extent and success of recovery depends on the mindset of the survivor. There are 3 distinct mindsets:

– victim

– survivor

– thriver

The terms “victim” and “survivor” are often used interchangeably by the media and by healthcare professionals, but they reflect distinctly different attitudes toward trauma and healing. Victims most often get stuck in self-pity and they have trouble identifying potential choices for good in their lives. They often remain passive, allowing or requiring other people to make decisions and choices for them. This helps them remain numb and avoid painful feelings. Instead of feeling helpless or out of control, survivors are grateful for the strength that allowed them to live through the traumatic experience. Survivors live one day at a time, focusing on the present instead of the past.

There is an alternative for further healing, though. Thrivers take their healing a few steps further by using a survivor’s strength to create a life of joyful abundance. People who thrive beyond their PTSD are able to recognize that severe, unjust trauma has occurred in their life, without taking responsibility for it. They know deep in their soul that the trauma does not define them, and that they did not deserve it.

How do YOU handle trauma? What impact does your mindset have on your current circumstances?