Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex combination of body responses, thought changes, mood changes, and behavioral changes as the result of psychological trauma. PTSD has symptoms of intrusive thoughts, nightmares and flashbacks of past traumatic events, avoidance of reminders of trauma, hypervigilance, and sleep disturbance. These can lead to social, occupational, and interpersonal dysfunction. It may often be associated with depression and anxiety.

Examples of trauma may include unexpected death of a loved one, sexual violence, physical abuse, being in a civilian in war zone, participation in organized violence ( such as combat exposure, or other life-threating events.

Does Dr. Ziegler treat PTSD?

Yes. Dr. Ziegler treats PTSD. The first line medication treatment for PTSDis a class of medications called SSRIs. This includes medications such as Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, and Paxil. Another class of medications is SNRIs, which includes Effexor, Cymbalta, Pristiq, Fetzima. There are medications that can be used specifically for nightmares. There are also medications that can be used for acute periods of anxiety.