PTSD makes it hard to come to terms with the past. It’s a baggage that you may seem destined to carry and not enjoy or live life as you deserve to. But it does not have to be that way. There are PTSD treatment options that will definitely help you cope better with the condition. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is one of the most recognized forms of therapeutic counseling offered for PTSD. It is also widely regarded as the most effective.
Cognitive therapy aims to gently help the subject come to terms with the past and change his outlook toward events that have already happened. It shows how negative thoughts can hold a person back, cause stress, and worsen PTSD symptoms. A therapist guides the subject toward more positive thoughts so that it becomes easier to cope with feelings of anger and guilt.
Often, the subject needlessly blames himself for a situation when in truth there was little he could’ve done about it. This has more to do with guilt; CBT offers an avenue for release and moving on in life.
Exposure therapy is another type of therapy with the objective of making the subject lose his fear of bad memories. This therapy has evolved from the concept that people become fearful of thoughts and situations that evoke past trauma. Exposure therapy involves opening up and talking to the therapist about the traumatic events, and in the process one learns to control thoughts and related emotions that arise.
Therapy helps you get a grip on your thoughts and move away from stress-inducing memories. Sometimes, therapists may try to desensitize you by discussing issues that are pleasant or less upsetting. The therapist may encourage you to do breathing exercises to stay calm.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is another form of therapy where the objective is to break the chain of thoughts associated with a traumatic episode by stimuli that includes eye or hand movements.
Antidepressants are prescribed for PTSD. Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft are commonly prescribed drugs and are successful in helping individuals feel better. They do so by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain.
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