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PTSD Treatment Options

Treatment must be specially tailored for each individual, but there are a number of standard approaches. Individuals with anxiety disorders can almost always be treated without being admitted to a hospital.

Generally, therapists use a combination of the following treatments; there is no single correct approach.

This material was supported by an educational grant from SmithKline Beecham.

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 GOAL
 HOW IT WORKS
 BENEFITS
 DRAWBACKS

Behavior Therapy

Modify and gain control over unwanted behavior Learning to cope with difficult situations, often through controlled exposure to them Person actively involved in recovery skills that are useful for a lifetime Can take time to achieve results
Cognitive Therapy Change unproductive thought patterns Examine feelings and learn to separate realistic from unrealistic thoughts Person actively involved in recovery skills that are useful for a lifetime Can take time to achieve results

Medication

Resolve symptoms Help restore chemical imbalances that lead to symptoms Effective for many people, enables other treatment to move forward Most medications have side effects

Relaxation Techniques

Help resolve stresses that can contribute to anxiety Breathing re-training, exercise and other skills Person actively involved in recovery skills that are useful for a lifetime Can take time to achieve results

 Treatment is successful in as many as 90 percent of anxiety disorder patients. Most people respond best to a combination of the four options summarized in this table. More information about medication is available in another ADAA brochure, Anxiety Disorders and Medication.


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