Getting Help for PTSD

If you think you have PTSD, it’s important to get assessed by a professional experienced with PTSD. PTSD symptoms usually start soon after a traumatic event, but may be delayed for some people until weeks or months later. There are effective, evidence-based treatments for PTSD, including psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medications, or both. 

Everyone is different, and PTSD affects people differently, so a treatment that works for one person may not work for another. Some people with PTSD may need to try different treatments to find what works for their symptoms. For those who have tried one or more first-line treatments and not achieved sufficient relief from PTSD, there are alternative treatments available such as eye movement desensitization retraining (EMDR), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), narrative exposure therapy (NET), and a relatively new medical treatment called stellate ganglion block (SGB). SGB is an injection administered by a doctor or other healthcare professional into the neck. It has been used to help people suffering from neurological disorders and pain syndromes, and there is evidence that it is also effective at reducing PTSD symptoms.