The Treatment of PTSD
By Matthew Tull, PhD, About.com Guide
- Psychological Treatment of PTSD
- Treatments for Specific PTSD Populations
- Medication for PTSD
- What Can Complicate the Treatment of PTSD?
Psychological Treatment of PTSD
Psychological treatments, including both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic treatments, have been found to be successful in helping people manage and reduce their PTSD symptoms. Here get the basics of cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as describe some of these treatments.
- An Overview of Treatments for PTSD
- What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
- An Overview of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for PTSD
- Behavioral Activation for PTSD
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Exposure Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- What is EMDR?
- What is the Difference between CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
- How Effective is Hypnosis in Treating PTSD?
- Questions to Ask a Therapist During the First Session
- How to Find a Therapist for Your PTSD
- The Benefits of Group Therapy for PTSD
- EMDR for PTSD
- Imagery Rehearsal Treatment for Reducing Nightmares
- When Should I Get Treatment for my PTSD?
- Is an Increase in Distress Common During Therapy?
Treatments for Specific PTSD Populations
The best treatment for PTSD can depend on whether or not a person has other psychological difficulties or the type of traumatic event experienced that led to the PTSD. For this reason, specialized treatments for specific PTSD populations have also been developed. Some of these treatments are described here.
- Treatments for PTSD and Schizophrenia
- Treatments for PTSD and Substance Use
- Which Do You Treat First - PTSD or Substance Use?
- Early Intervention for Rape Survivors
- Does Having Borderline Personality Disorder Influence Treatment for PTSD?
- Seeking Safety
Medication for PTSD
In addition to psychological treatments for PTSD (for example, cognitive-behavioral therapy), medication has also been found to be useful in treating the symptoms of PTSD.
What Can Complicate the Treatment of PTSD?
A number of factors can interfere with the treatment of PTSD, such as stigma, avoidance, and other disorders, such as substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders.