There are several effective treatments for PTSD. This means that people with PTSD have options.
The National Center for PTSD created the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid to help people learn about these options and think about which treatment might be best for them. This online decision aid can help you:
Learn about PTSD and PTSD Treatment
Find up-to-date information on the most effective PTSD treatment options, hear advice from people who have been through these treatments, and watch videos of providers explaining how these treatments work.
Compare PTSD Treatments
Answer a few questions about what you like and don’t like to determine which treatment might be the best fit for you. Build a chart to compare the treatments you like most. At the end, you can get a personal summary.
Take Action to Start Treatment
Get tips on how to talk with your provider about which PTSD treatment is right for you. Visit the handy FAQ section to find answers to the most common questions about PTSD treatment. Set goals for yourself and add deadlines to your calendar to help you stay on track.
Why use the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid?
If you’ve just been diagnosed with PTSD and are wondering what treatments are effective
If you think you might be ready for PTSD treatment, but don’t know how to get started
If you want to have an active role in choosing your PTSD treatment
If you need a hand describing your symptoms, questions, and treatment preferences to your provider
This decision aid was developed for people with PTSD, but family members and providers can use it, too.
Family members or loved ones of someone with PTSD can use this decision aid to learn more about PTSD treatment options. That way, they’ll be prepared to help their loved one choose which treatment to receive.
Providers can use this decision aid to find current, comprehensive information about evidence-based PTSD treatments. See how expert providers describe these treatments and download handouts to print and share with your patients.
Using the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid with your Clients
The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid can teach your patients the basics about evidence-based treatments, including:
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Stress Inoculation Training
SSRIs and SNRIs
Patients can use the decision aid on their own, or you can work through it together during an appointment. At the end, your patient will receive a personal summary. Use this as a jumping-off point to discuss next steps for treatment.
Visit our website for more information and to download the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid Clinician’s User Guide that contains helpful tips on how best to use the decision aid. Other materials include a customizable slide deck and flyers you can share.
Questions about the Decision Aid? Consult with PTSD Experts
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