Posttraumatic Stress Disorder therapy (ptsd therapy) is a mental health treatment designed to manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. This may involve learning ways to reduce anxiety, alter how you think about the traumatic event and eliminate painful memories associated with it.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely used and successful talking treatment for PTSD. CBT can be done individually, in a group, or even both simultaneously. Other effective forms of therapy for PTSD include prolonged exposure therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
Antidepressants such as sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) can be used to treat symptoms of PTSD. They improve depression and anxiety symptoms, while also aiding in sleep.
Medication can also be used to prevent the reoccurrence of symptoms like nightmares and flashbacks. These medications have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating PTSD in adults.
PTSD can make your life difficult and may even impact those close to you. For instance, you might pull away from loved ones or become angry or violent towards them. Seeking assistance will not only enhance your relationship with others but also make it easier to go about everyday activities.
It is always wise to seek professional mental health assistance if your symptoms are severe. You can consult your GP or request an assessment through a talking therapy service.