New directions in the pharmacotherapy of posttraumatic stress disorder

Psychiatr Q. 2002 Winter;73(4):259-70. doi: 10.1023/a:1020459916113.


Advances in psychopharmacology of PTSD are presented, focusing on antidepressants, adrenergic agents, antianxiety agents, and mood stabilizers. Treatment recommendations are related to recent advances in the understanding of the biology of PTSD. Pharmacotherapy of PTSD in children and adolescents is discussed, including recommended dose ranges. Recommendations are specified for pharmacotherapy of trauma survivors in the immediate aftermath of traumatic exposure, and for those with acute and chronic posttraumatic stress disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adolescent
  • Adrenergic Antagonists / therapeutic use*
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / drug therapy*


  • Adrenergic Antagonists
  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Antipsychotic Agents