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Nearly one in ten people will develop PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event and this is of course higher in specific populations like the military. In many cases, PTSD is further complicated by additional problems like drug and alcohol misuse. There is also a significant overlap with chronic pain, which may result from the initial trauma and will act as a daily ‘reminder’ of that trauma.
The understanding of PTSD has evolved significantly in the last 10 years going beyond typical symptoms into more controversial concepts like ‘complex PTSD’. More recently, as with anxiety, there has been better understanding of how certain neural pathways can be involved. This again means that specialist assessment is necessary to tailor the choice of medication to target these pathways and by extension the symptoms they are linked to. The correct medication choice is an essential compliment to psychological therapy for this condition.