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Can medication help with my post-traumatic stress disorder?

For some veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), medication may be able to relieve symptoms. Antidepressants are often prescribed, not only to treat symptoms of sadness and worry, but to help you get more out of talk therapy. A low level of the chemical serotonin in your brain is associated with feelings of depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), in drugs such as citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft), can raise your serotonin levels and make you feel less depressed. Keep in mind that medication does not treat the causes of PTSD, only the symptoms.

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