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There are effective, evidence based treatments for PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder available in Memphis, TN. The two main types are psychotherapy, sometimes called “counseling,” and medication. Most often people combine psychotherapy and medication in the treatment of PTSD. 

Treatments for PTSD: Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for PTSD. CBT usually involves meeting with your therapist once a week for an extended period of time. There are different types of CBT that are effective for PTSD.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a form of CBT in which you learn skills to better understand how a trauma changed your thoughts and feelings. It will help you see how you have gotten “stuck” in your thinking about the trauma. It helps you identify trauma-related thoughts and change them so they are more accurate and less distressing.

Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy is another form of effective CBT in which you talk about your trauma repeatedly until the memories are no longer upsetting. Prolonged exposure often requires you to practice going into situations that are safe, but which you may have been avoiding because they are related to the trauma.  Gradual or graduated prolonged exposure means that you will be entering situations that are the least distressing and gradually increasing your exposure to more distressing situations as you re-learn that you can feel safe again in these situations.

Treatments for PTSD: Medications

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) can raise the level of serotonin in your brain, which can make you feel better. The two SSRIs that are currently approved by the FDA for the treatment of PTSD are sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil).

Anti-anxiety medications and beta-blockers are also used to treat PTSD symptoms.  Sometimes, doctors prescribe benzodiazepines for people with PTSD. These medicines are often given to people who have problems with anxiety who need immediate relief.  Benzodiazepines also have a higher risk of dependence and are not usually recommended for long-term PTSD treatment.

While medications may be helpful in reducing PTSD symptoms, they do not treat the core PTSD symptoms. For this reason, combined psychotherapy and medication are the first line of PTSD treatment.

Treatments for PTSD: Intensive Outpatient Program

Because our treatment for PTSD and anxiety programs rely on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders. We rely on the best treatments for PTSD in our IOP, which include cognitive behavior therapy, prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy and medication management. In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of PTSD in seven peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.

Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience PTSD and depression differently and therefore the presence of PTSD and depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of PTSD, anxiety or depression, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.