Effective Treatments for PTSD In Addition To EMDR

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Effective Treatments for PTSD In Addition To EMDR

EMDR, Eye-movement desensitization reprogramming therapy is a leading treatment

Cognitive Behavior Therapy  (CBT)

CBT is trauma-focused. It focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns. Besides having a therapist to talk to, clients have to apply what they have learned to their everyday lives. The skills clients learn are practiced repeatedly. They are sometimes treated due to exposure treatment and or cognitive restructuring. Exposure treatment helps people face their fears and control it. Cognitive restructuring helps people make sense of their bad memories. There are other therapies like Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) that fall under the CBT category. Each patient is different and their therapist will provide them with the best therapy for them.

Medication

There are types of medication that can be prescribed for PTSD. These medications are called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). Sertraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil), Fluoxetine (Prozac), Venlafaxine (Effexor) are the main four medications prescribed.* Patients should talk to their doctor, to find out what medicine is best for them. Once taking the medication, monitor any side effects you may experience and talk them over with your doctor. Just because one medicine doesn’t work, does not mean another won’t. Each medicine works differently for different people and it may take some time before the patient finds the right medicine for them.

Therapy pets

It has been proven that having a therapy pet helps many with PTSD. They give companionship and some can sense when an episode is about to arise. If they cannot sense it, they will be there to comfort their owner and let them know that everything is okay. In order to get a therapy pet, one has to go to their doctor. They will decide if a therapy pet is the best option for their patient.

Present Centered Therapy (PCT)

This is a non-trauma focused treatment, so this is not considered a form of CBT. PCT therapy focuses more on the impact of the past trauma and how it is affecting the patient’s life today and ways teaching them problem solving strategies to deal with current life stress.

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