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Does starting anxiety meds such as SSRI's right after a terror attack block repetitive stressful thoughts and prevent PTSD symptoms?

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Surgery - Trauma
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

Some new research says Yes. Still too new for any definitive answer

In brief: Possibly

Some new research says Yes. Still too new for any definitive answer
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Dr. Karen Butler
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

You first need to see your doctor if you have been transfixed.
Then you need therapy to help you through your ordeal. The medications may play a role in your treatment plan but you need therapy tm right away

In brief: No

You first need to see your doctor if you have been transfixed.
Then you need therapy to help you through your ordeal. The medications may play a role in your treatment plan but you need therapy tm right away
Dr. Karen Butler
Dr. Karen Butler
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In brief: SSRI for PTSD/terror

Excellent question.
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons has actually performed a controlled prospective clinical trial studying combined therapy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (specifically prolonged exposure therapy) in combination with an SSRI for PTSD at 10 weeks. Combination CBT/SSRI better at 10 weeks, longer trials needed CAPS scale PTSD score includes repetitive thoughts

In brief: SSRI for PTSD/terror

Excellent question.
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons has actually performed a controlled prospective clinical trial studying combined therapy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (specifically prolonged exposure therapy) in combination with an SSRI for PTSD at 10 weeks. Combination CBT/SSRI better at 10 weeks, longer trials needed CAPS scale PTSD score includes repetitive thoughts
Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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