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Treatment Options

A number of treatment options have been proven successful in helping veterans overcome PTSD.

Talk Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Talking about your experiences, and about your current reactions, and understanding how thoughts and beliefs may lead you to negative or inaccurate perceptions. Such therapy might include relaxation skills, thought-stopping techniques and regular homework assignments to enable you gain control over your condition.

Prolonged Exposure (PE)
Carefully guided, repeated and detailed imagining of the trauma in a safe, controlled environment, often helps victims of extreme trauma control fear and distress.

Cognitive Restructuring
You will be encouraged to identify and examine upsetting thoughts about your trauma, challenge those thoughts, and replace them with more balanced and accurate ones.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR helps to resolve difficult feelings and beliefs related to a trauma. Clients improve information processing through sequences of dual attention, often involving eye movements, sounds, and/or taps while recalling a traumatic memory.

Stress Inoculation Training
Reduces symptoms through anxiety reduction techniques, by teaching coping skills, and correcting inaccurate thoughts related to the trauma

Pharmacological treatments

Antipsychotics
A short course of treatment with antipsychotic medications may relieve more severe anxiety and problems like sleeplessness or outbursts of aggressive behavior.

Antidepressants
Some anti-depressants, long proven in treating Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in civilian populations, are FDA approved for the treatment of PTSD.

Anti-anxiety medications
These prescription medications can relieve symptoms of anxiety and minimize stress reactions.

The most challenging part of recovery is often taking that first step to seek help. Once you have done that, you will no longer be confronting your condition on your own.

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