Why are there no tranquilizers for people?

Drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder

Medication cannot replace psychotherapy, but it can complement it in certain situations. However, only a few remedies have been shown to be effective. Since they can have side effects, careful consideration should be given to taking them.

With post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychotherapeutic support is most important. Scientific guidelines advise against relying on medication alone. Whether medication is even an option depends on the individual situation. It all depends on the symptoms, how severe they are and whether there are other diseases such as depression, anxiety disorders or addictions.

Taking medication can have two goals:

  • temporary help with severe symptoms such as insomnia or panic attacks
  • long-term treatment to relieve the symptoms of PTSD

Sleep pills and sedatives () are most commonly used to treat PTSD. are unsuitable for people with PTSD because they are quickly addictive and hardly help to alleviate the symptoms.

Before starting any drug treatment, it is important to be educated about their effectiveness and possible side effects. Talking to the doctor should also clarify the expectations of the treatment and later regularly discuss how the medication works and how possible problems can be dealt with. It is important that doctors communicate well with the psychological psychotherapists who may be taking on the psychotherapeutic treatment. They are not allowed to prescribe medication themselves.