Journal article

Update on the management of post-traumatic stress disorder

Duncan Wallace, John Cooper

AUSTRALIAN PRESCRIBER | NATL PRESCRIBING SERVICE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs in people exposed to life-threatening trauma. GPs may be seeing more patients with post-traumatic stress disorder as military personnel return from overseas deployments. The condition can present in various ways. To reduce the likelihood of missed or delayed diagnosis GPs can screen at-risk populations. A comprehensive assessment is recommended. Specialist referral may be required, particularly if there are other mental health problems. Trauma-focused psychological therapies should be offered as the first line of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Usually 8-12 sessions are needed for a therapeutic effect. If drug treatment is needed, selective..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers