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Millions of people across the United States suffer from a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Treatments for most people include psychotherapy, medication, or both. Since everyone is different, each person may need a different plan of treatment for his or her PTSD. Anyone who suffers from this debilitating disorder should be treated by a mental health provider who has experience in treating PTSD. Some people need to try different treatment options in order to find out what works best for their symptoms. Often times, other co-existing problems must be treated, such as substance abuse, panic disorder, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
Psychotherapy (Talk Therapy)
This form of treatment involves clients talking with a mental health professional in order to treat mental illness. It may be done in a group or one-on-one. Most psychotherapy treatments for PTSD usually last from 6 to 12 weeks. Sometimes, more sessions may be needed. Having supportive friends and family is an important part of recovery.
There are different types of psychotherapy that may help those with PTSD. Some therapies directly target the PTSD, while others may focus on problems with family, friends, or the job. A combination of therapies may be utilized. The main components are emphasized in therapy, such as skills to manage the symptoms, help to identify triggers of the symptoms, and education about the symptoms.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is quite useful in the treatment of PTSD. It includes exposure therapy, which helps people face and control their fears in a safe environment. The therapist helps clients cope with their feelings. Cognitive restructuring helps people made sense of bad memories. They may be able to let go the guilt over circumstances that were never their fault. It helps PTSD clients see what happened in a realistic way.
Antidepressants have proven to be some of the best medications for treating PTSD. They may control some of the overwhelming symptoms. Medication may be prescribed in conjunction with psychotherapy. There are other medications that are being studied to help with PTSD symptoms, such as insomnia and nightmares. Doctors work with their patients to find out what combinations work best to treat the PTSD.
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