Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Treatment with psychotherapy and medications

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Find out how psychotherapy and SSRIs can help treat PTSD in children and teens.

Key points

  • Psychotherapy can help a child deal with PTSD by offering support, teaching coping skills or exploring relationships.
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour to help patients recognize signs of PTSD, develop coping strategies and gradually come to terms with the traumatic event(s).
  • Other forms of psychotherapy include abuse-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (AB-CBT) and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT).
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed medication for PTSD.
Last updated: July 27th 2017