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

Added March 25, 2013

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There is not enough evidence available to support or refute the effectiveness of combined psychological therapy and pharmacotherapy compared to either of these interventions alone.

Symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing the event, avoidance and arousal, as well as distress and impairment resulting from these symptoms. Guidelines suggest that 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. This review assesses whether the combination of psychological therapy and pharmacotherapy provides a more effective treatment for PTSD than either of these interventions delivered separately.