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Dx Post-traumatic Stress Disorders Treatments:

Post-traumatic Stress Disorders

The Merck Manual Home Edition states:
"Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by recurrent, intrusive recollections of an overwhelming traumatic event. • Events that threaten death or serious injury can cause intense, long-lasting distress.
  • Affected people may relive the event, have nightmares, and avoid anything that reminds them of the event.
  • Treatment may include psychotherapy (supportive and exposure therapy) and antidepressants. Experiencing or witnessing traumatic events that threaten death or serious injury can affect people long after the experience is over. Intense fear, helplessness, or horror experienced during the traumatic event can haunt them. Events that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder include the following:
  • Engaging in combat
  • Experiencing or witnessing sexual or physical assault
  • Experiencing a disaster, either natural (for example, a hurricane) or man-made (for example, a severe automobile accident) Sometimes symptoms do not begin until many months or even years after the traumatic event took place. If post-traumatic stress disorder has been present for 3 months or longer, it is considered chronic. Post-traumatic stress disorder affects almost 8% of people sometime during their life, including childhood (see Mental Health Disorders in Children: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). Many people who undergo or witness traumatic events, such as combat veterans and victims of rape or other violent acts, experience post-traumatic stress disorder. ".

Medications Used in the Treatment:
1. Benzodiazepines: Xanax®, Niravam®, Ativan®, Klonipin®, Valium®, etc.
2. SSRIs: Zoloft®, Lexapro®, Paxil®, etc.
3. Atypical antidepressants: Wellbutrin®
4. Antihistamines: hydroxyzine hydrochloride, Vistaril®
5. Muscle Relaxants: meprobamate
6. SNRIs: Effexor®XR, Cymbalta®
7. Tricyclic Antidepressants: doxepin, maprotiline, amoxapine
8. Azapirones: Buspar®/ buspirone
9. Typical Antipsychotics: prochlorperazine, chlorpromazine, trifluoperazine
10. Typical Antipsychotic/ Tricyclic Antidepressant Combinations: perphenazine/ amitriptyline

*[Editor] The most recent focus of research has been on the hormone oxytocin. We have been able to document increases in serum oxytocin levels with the patented sublingual delivery system: the first two patients with PTSD have requested to continue the therapy. The published literature only confirms oxytocin's benefits for Autism patients, but the delivery system (being a nasal spray) was different.

[Editor] A number of natural vitamins, minerals and supplements are used internationally to treat depression/anxiety.
See  Depression/ Anxiety- All Natural Products

*[Editor] Screening for Laboratory Tests may offer evidence that simple hormones may be out of balance. With these laboratory tests in hand, discuss them with your health care professional.

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