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A 29-year-old female asked:

Psychiatrist/clinical psychologist? when dealing with ptsd and wanting to be off meds eventually, which is better? need a dr change either way.

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
May need both: Ptsd requires comprehensive treatment. This usually involves multiple professionals -- especially if medications are part of your treatment. Both psychiatrists and psychologists may contribute to your care, and neither is "better." however, for best results medications should not be the sole form of treatment.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
PTSD tx: I agree with dr. Pappas. What is essential is that whether you are treated by a psychologist, a pyschiatrist or both is that the provider have experience in tramatology. It is even more important since you have complex ptsd. Ideally, cognitive processing therapy could be done concurrent with your medications.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Meds psychotherapy: Get a full psychiatric evaluation to assess for PTSD symptoms, and see if medications are warranted. Next, find a reputable psychotherapist nearby who specializes in PTSD. Generally speaking, meds and psychotherapy together are the best approach. When PTSD symptoms eventually reduce, open up a dialogue with the psychologist and the psychiatrist about reducing medications.
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Last updated Sep 3, 2021

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