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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (cont.)

PTSD Prevention

Some medications have been tried to lower the intense physiologic arousal and to prevent the brain from forming traumatic memories right after the trauma, including the beta-blocker medication propranolol. Now, morphine has recently been showing significant promise when used in this capacity in soldiers during the Iraq war.

There are studies under way to see if there are laboratory markers such as low cortisol that may help predict who might develop PTSD.

Family support, clergy support, psychotherapy, and education about the medical aspects of PTSD are all important in preventing PTSD.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/9/2015
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