My answer to Does every single veteran go through PTSD after coming back from a tour?
Answer by Ken Larson:
“Post-traumatic stress disorder is arguably the most challenging problem combat veterans face.
Medications need to be identified as “second-line” treatments. They should only be used if an effective talk therapy is not available.
Estimates vary, but experts believe that between 10 and 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from the disorder. This puts the actual number of men and women affected in the hundreds of thousands.
Considering that PTSD wreaks havoc on the veteran and their loved ones, and costs billions of dollars each year, finding and using the most effective treatments are critical.
Historically, medications and talk therapy have been considered “first-line treatments.” This basically means they should be used first, and if they fail, then you try something else. In fact, the joint treatment guidelines published by the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Department puts medications and psychotherapy on equaling footing. The same is true for the American Psychiatric Association.”