Treatments for PTSD come in two forms: therapy and medicine. Both forms of treatment have been shown to greatly alleviate the pain caused by PTSD. Often, it is found that the use of both therapy and medication can be more helpful than the use of either method of treatment alone.
Medications that are given to PTSD patients include, but are not limited to: antidepressants including Prozac and Zoloft, and propranolol.
Psychological treatment is a bit more complex and varied, but is enormously promising and has proven to be beneficial. Many specialists focus on teaching the patient how to cope with the event and the anxiety and fears that follow.
Other forms of therapy include eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing. This is a form of cognitive therapy in which the therapist guides the patient as he or she talks about the event and the negative feelings while the patient focuses on the therapist’s rapidly moving finger.
There are many other ways to treat PTSD and with proper medical attention it is a condition that can be overcome.
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