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What are the best ways to help control flashbacks from ptsd? (childhood sexual assault survivor)

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

PTSD flashbacks: Psychotherapy with emdr (eye movement desensitization & reprocessing) can be very helpful for these flashbacks. http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr.html this is done in the context of an ongoing therapeutic relationship to help you work through and release the painful aspects of what has happened to you. History can't be changed, but your future can. Good luck to you.

Answered 5/8/2016

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Dr. Alan Ali answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

PTSD flashbacks: Most researched form is cognitive behavioral therapy (you learn to identify thoughts that make u feel afraid or upset, & replace them with less distressing thoughts). Also, exposure/desensitization, interpersonal psychotherapy. Several medications have been used, including ssri's such as prozac, snri's such as effexor. Others are clonidine, topamax, lamictal, buspar, (buspirone) inderal, elavil, tofranil.

Answered 3/26/2013

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