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Treatment Essentials

As these articles show, trauma-focused psychotherapy is the premier treatment for PTSD, but medication has an important role to play. Emerging and alternative treatments, as well as methods to better engage patients or enhance their treatment response are also described.

Psychotherapy

Medication

Other Approaches

Treatment Engagement and Enhancement

  • Enhancing PTSD Treatment and Delivery
    Discusses new treatment, accessibility, and delivery strategies for PTSD care, including the use of technology, combined therapies, or other techniques.
  • Using the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid with Your Patients
    Learn how to use this online decision aid to help your patients make informed decisions about their PTSD treatment.
  • Using AboutFace: Real PTSD Stories
    Engage your patients in care with this online video gallery dedicated to Veterans talking about living with PTSD and how treatment turned their lives around.
  • PTSD and Telemental Health
    Describes how clinicians use various technologies to deliver mental health care while eliminating travel and discusses clinical considerations and pros/cons of telemedicine for patients with PTSD.

Mobile Apps and Self-Help Tools

  • CPT Coach
    A treatment companion mobile app to be used by patients and their mental health provider during Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT Coach is not a self-help tool.
  • PE Coach
    A treatment companion mobile app to be used by patients and their mental health provider during Prolonged Exposure (PE). PE Coach may help with adherence to the treatment manual.
  • PTSD Coach Online: Self-Help and Coping for Clients
    Learn how to use this web-based self-help resource offering 17 tools to address stress-related symptoms and enhance problems skills as a supplement to treatment or to reinforce patient skill development post-treatment.

You May Also Be Interested In

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD (2017)

Get information on evidence based psychotherapies for PTSD.

Clinician’s Guide to Medications for PTSD

Get key information and guidance on the best medications for PTSD.

PTSD Consultation Program

Expert guidance for treating Veterans with PTSD.

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PTSD Information Voice Mail:
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Also see: VA Mental Health