A member asked:

Are there any good medications used commonly to help with ptsd associated with sexual abuse?

8 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Carla Enriquez answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Maybe: Medications that help ptsd in general will help it regardless of the cause of the trauma. Sexual trauma requires a good deal of additional psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy in many sufferers.

Answered 5/9/2016


Dr. K. Olson answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Yes: Prazosin can be very effective for nightmares and for hyperarousal if combat-related. Ssri's help "modify information taken in" more appropriately and help extinguish fear reaction. Also helps anxiety, depression, panic, aggression, and suicidal thoughts. These appear to work better for non-combat-ralted trauma. Any associated medical or emotional problem should be aggressively treated with med.

Answered 7/12/2015


Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

OCD: I would say medication effectiveness has little if anything to do with the specific source of trauma, per se. I would submit that medication, at its best, takes the edge off symptoms. The real grunt work takes place in psychotherapy.

Answered 3/15/2015



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