Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

A disorder characterized by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.

The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.

Symptoms may include nightmares or flashbacks, avoidance of situations that bring back the trauma, heightened reactivity to stimuli, anxiety, or depressed mood.

Treatment includes different types of psychotherapy as well as medications to manage symptoms.

People may experience:

Behavioral: agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, or social isolation

Psychological: flashback, fear, severe anxiety, or mistrust Mood: loss of interest or pleasure in activities, guilt, or loneliness Sleep: insomnia or nightmares
Also common: emotional detachment or unwanted thoughts.

Treatment consists of medications and therapy

Treatment includes different types of psychotherapy as well as medications to manage symptoms.

Therapies

Cognitive behavioral therapy: A talk therapy focused on modifying negative thoughts, behaviors, and emotional responses associated with psychological distress.

Specialists
Clinical psychologist: Treats mental disorders primarily with talk therapy. Psychiatrist: Treats mental disorders primarily with medications.

Source: Mayo Clinic



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