Which PTSD Treatment Could Be Most Effective? The Answer May Surprise You

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In a new study, two of the most common treatment options for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) show similar outcomes - even when those two treatments are combined.

When it comes to treating post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans, there are two major treatment options - psychotherapies and medication.

According to MedicalXpress.com, “In a study among United States combat veterans, researchers found no significant difference between two of the most common treatments for PTSD and no benefit for combination treatment.”

The trial was conducted between 2012 and 2016 by four different research groups. The study included 223 veterans of the Iraq and/or Afghanistan wars. The veterans had combat-related PTSD and significant impairment.

Researchers focused on exposure therapy - a psychological treatment that helps people confront their fears by approaching fear rather than avoiding it - and the medication sertraline.

According to one of the researchers, “Our study is the first to compare psychotherapy and medications in veterans with PTSD. The findings provide guidance for clinicians that both prolonged exposure therapy and sertraline are effective treatments for PTSD in veterans, both resulting in large reductions in symptoms."

For more information on PTSD, be sure to check out our original series PTSD: Confronting Sexual Trauma with Dr. Cheryl Arutt.

Source: MedicalXpress.com


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