The Veterans Administration’s list provides what to look for and what to do to help someone suffering from PTSD or a traumatic event.
Child Sexual or Physical Abuse
Reliving the event
Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
Negative changes in beliefs and feelings
Feeling keyed up/hyper
CBT — Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Considered the most effective treatment. Meet with therapist once a week for four months.
CPT — Cognitive Processing Therapy
Focuses on helping victims work through struggling with memories and thoughts of an event.
PET — Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Learning how to deal with exposure to thoughts, events, feelings, and situations you avoid.
EMDR — Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
Focuses on hand movements or tapping while you talk about the traumatic event. Rapid movements make it easier for the brain to work through the traumatic memories.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
These two medications are currently approved by the FDA: Sertraline (Zoloft) and Paroxetine (Paxil).
For more information: www.ptsd.va.gov/understand_tx/index.asp