Treatment for PTSD

PTSD symptoms that emerge after a concussion can be treated with various types of therapy and/or medication. Therapies that have been found effective in the treatment of PTSD include exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, anxiety management and eye movement desensitization and processing (EMDR). Some service members find one type more effective than others, whereas, a combined approach may be more beneficial. Effective medications for PTSD may include tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs), Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), mood stabilizers and/or anti-anxiety agents. Providers often individualize treatment based on the service member's needs, preferences, tolerance and reaction. A concussion may increase the challenge of managing multiple medications and possible side effects so, if possible, first consider non-pharmacological interventions.

For an overview of PTSD treatment methods, read this short article:

PTSD Fact Sheet: Treatment for PTSD

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PTSD Fact Sheet: Treatment for PTSD

Learn basic information about treatments for PTSD.

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Remember that it's more important to treat symptoms of stress than to spend time and resources trying to decide whether someone meets the diagnostic criteria for PTSD.