When you have PTSD, it may seem like you’ll never get your life back. But it can be treated. Psychotherapy and short- and long-term medication can work very well. Often, the two types of treatment are more effective together. The most important thing in getting help for PTSD is to confront and treat the memory of the traumatic event rather than bring it to the back of your mind. This is the main goal of trauma-focused CBT or EMDR.