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If you have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may be relieved that you now know why you have felt or behaved a certain way. Still, you may feel overwhelmed about the treatment ahead. You may also wonder how to get the support you need and how to deal with the condition day-to-day.
If you are living with PTSD, there are ways to help you recover from it and manage your symptoms.
If your health care provider prescribes a medicine, you may not notice the full benefits of it for 4–8 weeks. Most people who are treated for PTSD need to take medicine for at least 6–12 months before they feel better.
If you are taking medicines as part of your treatment, do not stop taking medicines before you ask your health care provider if it is safe to stop. You may need to have the medicine slowly decreased (tapered) over time to lower the risk of harmful side effects.
Eating and drinking
Talking to others
Not all insurance plans cover mental health care, so it is important to check with your insurance carrier. If paying for co-pays or counseling services is a problem, search for a local or county mental health care center. Public mental health care services may be offered at those places at a low cost or no cost when you are not able to see a private health care provider. If you are a veteran, contact a local veterans organization or veterans hospital for more information.
If you are taking medicine for PTSD, you may be able to get the genericform, which may be less expensive than brand-name medicine. Some makers of prescription medicines also offer help to people who cannot afford the medicines that they need.
Therapy and support groups
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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