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.

PTSD: Is it Real?

A recent issue of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders (Vol. 21, 2007) focused on the troubling possibility that the PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) construct is not nearly as valid as has been assumed. The articles are both fascinating and provocative and are well worth reading.

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.