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Post-traumatic stress disorder. it's a popular diagnosis now. so, what is the best med for it?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
It depends... : The treatment of choice for ptsd involves centrally psychotherapy: essentially, making peace with the fact that the trauma happened and that the universe is still, for the most part, a safe place. Meds may or may not be needed as adjunct to therapy... Also, the actual clinical presentation (and it varies) will determine the medicine of choice.
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Dr. Warren Kriedman
Psychiatry 48 years experience
It depends: Posttraumatic stress disorder occur after life threatening event. A detailed history, medical, neurological & psychiatric evaluation is done to develop a treatment plan. If the findings are mainly psychiatric symptoms, cognitive-behavioral therapy and marital therapy, with ssri medications (celexa, zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac etc) help. Patient's need evaluation for symptoms that frequently develop later on.
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 33 years experience
PTSD: Typically, antidepressants are the medications of choice for ptsd.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
That depends: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are usually the first go-to medications. For marked dissassociation (i.e., flashbacks) atypical antipsychotics may be necessary. Sleep is a major problem. The combination of nightmares & insomnia may respond to off-label use of prazosin. Cognitive processing therapy is the gold standard for working through issues.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
By the way, it isn't a popular disorder for the people who suffer from it.
Jun 20, 2013

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