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Pharmacological Treatment of PTSD and Comorbid Disorders



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Pharmacological Treatment of PTSD and Comorbid Disorders

  • Date Created: 02/17/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Pharmacological Treatment of PTSD and Comorbid Disorders Author(s):

Matthew J. Friedman, MD PhD


Pharmacological interventions for PTSD are common, and considerable research has been conducted on the effectiveness of such treatment. The course, Pharmacological Treatment of PTSD and Comorbid Disorders, provides a review of the human stress system and the relationship between neurotransmitters and PTSD.

It reviews controlled medication trials for PTSD and summarizes the relative evidence for psychotherapy versus pharmacological interventions. The author also discusses current practices for combining treatments and for managing comorbid conditions.

Goals and Objectives

  • Understand how the human stress system is altered by PTSD
  • Describe how these alterations indicate the usefulness of certain medications
  • Report the current evidence regarding the effectiveness of different medications for PTSD
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