What treatment is available for PTSD?
The main treatments available for people with PTSD are Psychotherapy, medication or a combination of them both. Everyone is different, and treatment that is effective for one person may not be for another. Some people might need to try different treatments to find the one that works in reducing the symptoms.
No matter what option you choose, it is important for anyone experiencing PTSD to be treated by a Mental Health Professional and is experienced with working with people with PTSD.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is evidence-based therapy that has been found to be the most effective treatment for PTSD. CBT for PTSD is trauma focused, it focuses on identifying, understanding, and challenging thinking and behavioural patterns. The skills learnt through the weekly CBT sessions are encouraged to be practiced repeatedly outside of the therapy times. This helps to support symptom improvement
BraintrainersUK are experienced in mental health as Nurses and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
The EMDR therapy uses Bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activated the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are trapped in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of mind and body connection, to then let go of blockages and be able to reconnect itself
Antidepressants such as Paroxetine, Sertraline, Mirtazapine or amitriptyline are sometimes used to treat PTSD in adults. Of these medications, only Paroxetine and Sertraline are licensed specifically for the treatment of PTSD. But mirtazapine and amitriptyline have also been found to be effective and may be recommended as well.