It all depends on each one of us and how we understand our thoughts. It is an individual decision. Results will have a large impact on the future.
It is really easy to get confused or sidetracked along the way. Disassociation, along with the surge of cortisol into our systems, adds to the confusion, which then usually triggers a protective mechanism. Although the danger may not be real, it sure can feel real. So real that it can often be accepted as truth.
With this paradigm going on, there is no room for other emotions. Happiness? Forget it. With PTSD chasing your tail, all the energy is focused on survival. Navigating this kind of life requires incredible strength.
Healing comes when your mind and body realize that thoughts are packaged tricks of our stored trauma. You can see they are delusions once you manage to stay present. I never saw anything bad happen because of my thoughts. The only thing happening was my belief in those thoughts. That fear pounding was just cortisol. It has nothing to do with my thoughts. It is a protection- mechanism for my body.
Healing exists right now, in this moment. If you can stay present and observe the cortisol-dump into our system, you will then be able to see thoughts are harmless. Powerless without the cortisol to fuel it.
You can flip the switch and turn off the cortisol supply.