In the ED we often provide first line care for patients as the result of traumatic events. Beyond attending to clinically apparent injuries, pain, and distress, we would be in a position to apply prophylactic treatment to attempt to prevent PTSD, a debilitating sequela of trauma, if such treatment were to exist and founded in good science.
Does such pharmacologic treatment exist?
Note: Cognitive behavioral therapy after trauma has been shown to attenuate development of PTSD and associated symptoms.
Below lie many oversimplifications and likely misinterpretations of clinical psychology, neuroscience, and PTSD. Proceed with caution.