PTSD - Treatment
How is PTSD treated?
There are several different treatment options that you may find helpful.
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you deal with your symptoms by making changes to how you think and act. The therapist may ask you to do activities or remember things that you find difficult to try to help you deal with your symptoms.
This helps you to develop skills such as:
- positive self-talk, and
- stopping negative emotions.
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR helps the symptoms of PTSD. You will make eye movements while thinking about the traumatic event. Therapists think that this works by making your brain deal with painful memories in a different way.
Medication is not helpful for most people with PTSD. But your doctor might offer you medication if:
- you find it hard to sleep,
- you have another mental illness or
- you would prefer to avoid therapy.
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