Is there a cure for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

Due to the different subjective experiences, resiliency and responses of victims afflicted with PTSD, it is not possible to definitively state whether there is/not a cure for victims with PTSD. The broad spectrum of personality, environmental, psychological, emotional, physiological, spiritual and socioeconomic factors may play a complex role in the individual’s recovery.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Psychotherapy and medications such as antidepressants are used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The right combination of treatments, along with the support of family and friends, creates the most optimal chance for recovery. Contact your doctor or a mental-health-care provider if you think you or someone you love could have PTSD.

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A mental health disorder like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) does not completely disappear but can lessen over time with treatment. It is considered a chronic disorder. Learning to cope with the emotions caused by the experience of the trauma is the first step. An experienced, compassionate therapist either individually or in group sessions can help you treat the problems associated with PTSD. Some antidepressant drugs have shown to help with anxiety and depression.

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