Some of you may remember me: I posted a lot a few months back when the situation with my sufferer boyfriend (PTSD from childhood sexual abuse) were at a terrible low. Constant panic attacks for over a year, flashbacks, withdrawal, you name it. In the process I experienced vicious verbal lashings, constant fights, we barely saw each other (we're long distance for now.) It was a terrible, terrible mess. Things hit an all time low 4 months ago, when a trip we had planned fell through because he couldn't get on the plane to see me. With all the love, understanding, and support, I could not take it anymore, and told him I did not want to be in this relationship anymore if things didn't improve asap. (Something like a trip falling through may not seem like a huge deal, but this was after a whole year of horrific PTSD relationship up and downs...) Lo and behold, from one day to the next, he seemed to have made a miracle recovery. No more panic attacks, no more verbal lashings, irrational fights, disregard for my feelings, withdrawal, childish finger pointing, isolation, paranoia. All of it stopped. Subjects that would have sent him into a triggered mess just a week before didn't faze him anymore. For four months now, he's been able to listen to whatever is on my mind, is consistent, loving, caring, all of the above. His PTSD seems to have....evaporated. I have to add that he is not in therapy at the moment. He had a terrible experience with a therapist whom he's now taken to court (long story.) But it's not any sort of treatment that could have caused this improvement Of course (!) I am happy about this positive development! I seem to finally have my guy back. But something, I don't know, doesn't feel quite right about it. I'm not an expert in how people recover. I'm sure sometimes leaps can be quite spontaneous. But this seems...too good to be true. Yes, I'm also a little afraid it will come back full force, but that's not my issues here. It's the fact that he seems to be able to joke about, listen to, put himself in situations, remember, and discuss things that even remind ME of what he's told me about the prolonged abuse he suffered. (Take certain sex jokes, for example. Just the mention of certain sex practices used to trigger him. Now he's open to hearing them, even jokes about them with me, sometimes in a sexual way that could suggest he'd be open to trying them. E.g. I gently and jokingly asked him the other day what he thinks about gentle bondage practices, handcuffing me, that sort of thing. I immediately regretted it when it came out of my mouth. I thought I'd triggered him terribly. He didn't even flinch, said, sure why not? I was too confused to pursue the thought. ) I don't know, my issue here is vague and hard to put my finger on. But something inside is balking. At my darkest moments I wonder if his PTSD was somehow....an excuse? That he somehow...exaggerated? Did he...made some things up? Or does he have some sort of other, I don't know, distraction I don't know about? Someone else in his life? An outlet he's not telling me about? Man...where my mind goes when trying to figure something out, but it's all a little odd. None of you are oracles, I know that. But what is your experience with this kind of miraculous, overnight improvement? Has it happened? Should I think twice about it?