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What should I expect if I have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

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There’s no cure for this condition. But you can successfully treat it with therapy. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine, such as antidepressants. With proper treatment, some people may stop having PTSD symptoms. For others, they may become less intense.

It’s important to seek help if you think you have PTSD. Without it, the condition usually doesn’t get better.

SOURCES:

JoAnne Difede, Ph.D., director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill-Cornell Medicine.

National Institutes of Mental Health: “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder.”

American Psychological Association: “What Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?’

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “PTSD: National Center for PTSD.”

Washington Academy of Sciences: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Happens In the Brain?”

Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience: “Traumatic Stress: Effects on the Brain.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 13, 2017

SOURCES:

JoAnne Difede, Ph.D., director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill-Cornell Medicine.

National Institutes of Mental Health: “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder.”

American Psychological Association: “What Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?’

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “PTSD: National Center for PTSD.”

Washington Academy of Sciences: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Happens In the Brain?”

Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience: “Traumatic Stress: Effects on the Brain.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 13, 2017

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