PTSD Treatments: Answers Might Be Closer Than You Think

Treatment for PTSD has come a long way in the recent past; not long ago, physicians did not even recognize PTSD as a legitimate medical disorder. Today, through countless clinical studies and research, we know that PTSD is a real medical disorder that requires the right treatment.

Figuring out what that “right treatment” is for you can sometimes be difficult. Before medications were widely used to treat PTSD, doctors tried counseling and therapy, but often to no avail. Later, medications with anti-anxiety effects were used, which were slightly more successful, but still did not help individuals with PTSD get back to the quality of life they desired. Some examples of these medications include:

  • Sertraline (Zoloft)- FDA approved
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)- FDA approved
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)- not FDA approved
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)- not FDA approved

More often than not, these PTSD treatments were not successful, but doctors did not know why, until an important discovery in 2012 changed their way of thinking.

A researcher examined the brain of a PTSD patient and noticed something groundbreaking: there was a distinct pattern of tiny scars. For the first time, PTSD could be physically identified with a part of the brain; the trauma actually caused the brain to physically change. For this reason, researching medications for PTSD became more relevant than ever. The Institute for Advanced Medical Research at Mercer University is proud to be a part of this advancement of healthcare.

The Institute for Advanced Medical Research at Mercer University is studying advances in health care and treatment for PTSD using cutting edge compounds that are predicted to alleviate symptoms of PTSD. Participating in a medical study is confidential and at no-cost. The clinic is not affiliated with the VA or DOD. If you or someone you know is affected by PTSD, contact us for more information at 770-817-9200.