Medications for Childhood PTSD: It’s All Off-Label

Medications for Childhood PTSD: It’s All Off-Label

In 2011, we wrote a review of medications for PTSD in children and found, unfortunately, that data to inform true evidence-based practice was scant. There are still no psychotropic medications that have been proven effective in randomized controlled trials for children with PTSD and there are no FDA approved medications for this population.

Update on Medications for PTSD [Subscribers Only]

While psychotherapy remains the gold standard for treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, medications are often used to alleviate the symptoms of the illness.

The Latest, Greatest Treatments for PTSD

At least in Britain, it’s official: psychotherapy works better than medication for PTSD. You shouldn’t be too surprised. The last time we covered PTSD (TCPR April 2004) we reviewed the SSRIs and found them to have evidence of only modest efficacy. Now, according to the latest treatment guidelines from Britain's National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), antidepressants are no longer recommended as a first-line treatment, but cognitive therapy is.

Research Update

Study Shows Relationship between ‘Mini-Strokes’ and PTSD

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)—commonly referred to as “mini-strokes”—don’t leave people with any permanent neurological symptoms, but in some individuals they may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for the event, according to a new study.

Study Suggests DCS Not Effective in PTSD Treatment

A new study, however, finds that DCS does not improve treatment responses in patients undergoing prolonged exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

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Foster Care and Child Psychiatry: A Primer [Free Article]

Nearly one in three foster children have significant psychiatric problems during their time in foster care—especially those related to trauma and neglect that brought them into the system. This article is a brief primer on how foster care works, and how psychiatrists get involved.