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How effective is PTSD treatment?

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The treatments for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) are not as effective as the treatments for other anxiety disorders (such as social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder- GAD, phobias, panic disorder). Prescription medications are not as robust in PTSD as in other anxiety disorders. And psychotherapy is more difficult in a person with PTSD, versus in a person with another anxiety disorder.

There are specialized, evidenced-based treatments for PTSD, such as eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). EMDR in PTSD involves the reduction of the intensity of disturbing thoughts by utilizing eye movements.
answered Jun 19, 2016 by drcarlo (294,430 points)