Journal article

Combined pharmacotherapy and psychological therapies for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Sarah E Hetrick, Rosemary Purcell, Belinda Garner, Ruth Parslow

COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS | WILEY | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: PTSD is an anxiety disorder related to exposure to a severe psychological trauma. Symptoms include re-experiencing the event, avoidance and arousal as well as distress and impairment resulting from these symptoms.Guidelines suggest a combination of both psychological therapy and pharmacotherapy may enhance treatment response, especially in those with more severe PTSD or in those who have not responded to either intervention alone. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether the combination of psychological therapy and pharmacotherapy provides a more efficacious treatment for PTSD than either of these interventions delivered separately. SEARCH STRATEGY: Searches were conducted on the trial regi..

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