What treatment was like for me
Treatments for PTSD include counseling and medication. Sometimes, the two are used together. VA offers a selection of proven therapies. Among them are:
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): CPT teaches you how to identify trauma-related thoughts and change them so they are more accurate and cause less distress.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE): In PE you talk about your trauma over and over until the memories no longer upset you. You also go to places that are safe, but that you have been staying away from because they are related to the trauma.
Medication: Your doctor may also prescribe medications. These can work alone or with therapy to help you feel less sad, worried and agitated. They can also help you sleep.
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