Treatment can be a combination of psychotherapy or counseling, and medication. But the best treatment would be counseling, which usually aims towards a better understanding of and dealing with the patient’s thoughts and feelings. For example, guilt feelings over not having prevented the death of a friend can be addressed through self-forgiveness.
Commonly felt emotions by individuals with PTSD are fear or anxiety, sadness or depression, guilt and shame, and anger and irritability. The symptoms mentioned above usually manifest because of these unsettled thoughts and emotions.
Now post traumatic stress disorder is experienced by many people but those who know the Lord and have a relationship with Him have at their fingertips God’s help!
But God is a God who is able to reach deep down into our soul – our emotions and thoughts and will – and bring healing and freedom! One can pray for a person suffering from PTSD by asking the Holy Spirit to bring transformation or renewal to his mind and healing of the heart and soul. This can help speed up progress in counseling, or even bring an instant miracle! The Holy Spirit is the best Counselor and Comforter (John 14:26). He is also our Healer.
This, however, does not mean that counseling should be forgone and be replaced by prayer alone. Because traumatic experience may have caused lies and fear to enter into the person’s heart and the painful incident, wounded the person’s soul, we could pray for healing or the soul and renewal of the mind. Finding a Christian PTSD treatment counselor is best but if perhaps there is a government funded program that does not have a Christian counselor on hand, then reading the scriptures and having someone pray will go a long way to helping with recovery.
There are so many passages in the Bible, especially in Psalms, that we can pray over a person with PTSD. He or she may even read them and declare them over his or her mind, heart, will, spirit and body. Having said that, here are but some Scripture-based prayers that can help. Search out the Bible for more if you wish.