What is PTSD?

Who's at Risk?

Myths

Symptoms

Diagnosis

Treatment

Getting Help

How is PTSD treated?

There are a number of effective treatment options for PTSD. Treatment can involve psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both.

  • Psychotherapy – Psychotherapeutic or counseling methods such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), including exposure and anxiety management treatments, are effective in treating PTSD. Effective psychotherapy usually involves helping the survivor learn skills to manage symptoms and to develop ways of coping; work through the traumatic experience; and make meaning of the experience as a part of the person's life.
  • Medication – Prescription medication is effective in treating PTSD. For some people, medication can significantly reduce symptoms, enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy and improve quality of life. Those diagnosed with PTSD should talk with their healthcare provider about the use of medication as a part of their treatment regimen.

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