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

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
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.
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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Psychotherapy remains the best treatment for PTSD but medications like the SSRIs (like Zoloft, Prozac or Lexapro) can take the edge off
Dec 23, 2011
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
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.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
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.
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Last updated May 9, 2016

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