The symptoms of PTSD are painful and terrifying. Whether the original traumatic event was a single horrible incident (a natural disaster or a car accident, for example) or a daily life colored by chronic trauma (domestic violence or living in a war zone), when a person develops PTSD, the suffering is profound. Medications may be prescribed depending upon which symptoms present most intensely, but often they are only mildly effective. The terrible thoughts, feelings, memories and flashbacks feel inescapable and the torment feels as if it is unending. As bad as whatever it was that you initially went through, even worse is the experience of being unable to end the nightmare and having to relive it over and over again.