Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health problem in veterans and often occurs with other medical and mental health problems. Evidencebased psychotherapy focusing on traumatic events is the most effective treatment for PTSD. Medications can provide additional or alternative treatment for some patients. This article provides practical guidance to clinicians based on the 2010 revised Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD. Both first-line and second-line medications are discussed. Certain medications, such as benzodiazepines and antipsychotics, are not recommended in PTSD. The CPG provides evidenced-based interventions for PTSD treatment.
Volume 49 Number 5, 2012
Pages 703 — 716
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