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Saturday, February 18, 2006

PTSD Treatment Options - A Quick Overview

Here's a quick overview of a few treatment options presently being used to help PTSD coping mechanisms. You'll find these programs used in military facilities, VA Centers/Hospitals, and civilian treatment centers.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
Not to be used within a month of trauma. Therapists work with you to help change/overcome crippling and/or irrational beliefs and thought processes, such as:

  • survivor guilt
  • self-blame
  • irrational/uncontrollable anger
  • fear
Systematic Desensitization/Exposure Therapy:
Increasing escalation and exposure to things that trigger a traumatic memory in order to desensitize you to it.

Medication:
Drug treatment options include anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications.

Group Therapy:
A way to encourage discussion of traumatic memories and symptoms with others who have been there, too.

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