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If You Have A Bad Week With Depression Occasionally, Does That Mean You Aren't Over Past Trauma?

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Back in 2002, I was set up with a new psychotherapist at a local community mental health center.

Before I saw this therapist, I had been in both individual and group therapy for quite some time. And I felt that I had made a lot of progress in getting over past trauma that I had experienced years before, in part, because of the therapy I had received.

However, a few weeks prior to seeing this new counselor for the first time, I had a bad week. I felt depressed for about a week before the depression lifted again.

So I talked to this therapist about the bad week that I had not long beforehand.

I asked her that since I had a bad week, did that mean that I was not over my past trauma?

She told me that it's common for trauma survivors with clinical depression who have been in treatment for a long time, have gotten a lot better, and have moved on from the trauma to have a bad week occasionally. She then said that I was probably over it.

So, according to this therapist, if you have depression issues and also have been through trauma in your past, having a bad week every so often doesn't necessarily mean that you aren't over the trauma. You may very well be over it.
 
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PTSD and depression are both illnesses that are considered to go into remission, rather than being something you get over and it's completely done.

Some people recover from ptsd, or a depressive episode and never hear from them again. PTSD with all its symptoms can have a nasty habit of recurring, particularly if you experience another trauma.

Mood disorders in particular? Very often stay with a person for life. Any individual's own mood pattern over time will have ups and downs, and some of those downs may be longer and deeper than others.
 
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I feel like honestly everyone has bad weeks here and there, it just depends on the severity! I was doing pretty well for a while and have had some life changes push me back into depression and PTSD symptoms.
 
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