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Are over-the-counter medications available for PTSD?

J.Lucy Boyd
Epidemiology
There are no over-the-counter medications for PTSD. Medication is often prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, which includes talk therapy and, often, suggestions to help you manage symptoms. Support groups can be helpful as well. It is important to see a mental health practitioner such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychiatric clinical nurse specialist so that you can get the help you need and deserve. If you are asking the question because you cannot afford services, please check with your local health department to learn of resources available in your area. If there is another reason you will not make an appointment, please at least consider going to a support group of others with PTSD. A search for "PTSD support group" can help you find one in your area or via the internet.

Post-traumatic stress disorder should be treated by a professional rather than with over-the-counter medications. Make an appointment with a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety for a month or longer. Using drugs or alcohol to suppress your feelings can lead to medical problems and prolong the anxiety or depression and delay healing.

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