Treating Symptoms Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Essay

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Utilizing Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy to Treat Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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University of Alberta

Utilizing Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy to Treat Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder The survival status of burn victims is increasing and although this is an achievement for the medical field, it means that many burn victims are left dealing with psychiatric issues such as stress, depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Willebrand, Anderson & Ekeselius, 2004). PTSD is an anxiety disorder that results from a traumatic event in which the client’s life was or perceived to be threatened (Lonergan, 2014). There are three cardinal categories of signs and symptoms of PTSD: re-experiencing (flashbacks), avoidance/numbing and hyper-arousal (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). A female adult is admitted two months post burn to a mental health clinic located in the city. Upon further inquiry, the physician diagnoses her with PTSD based on her reported symptoms, using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (American et al., 2013). Collaborating with the mental health nurses results in two nursing strategies that are planned focusing on the current gold standard to treating the symptoms that characterize PTSD. This paper will outline two evidenced based strategies that a nurse can implement specifically, utilizing techniques of prolonged exposure (PE) therapy and medication education
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