Post-traumatic stress disorder – treatment

Various trauma-focused psychotherapy methods are available for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Some are more focused on re-experiencing symptoms and vegetative hyperexcitability, others more on the changes in self-image and world view, feelings of guilt or insecurity that are often found in the aftermath of traumatic experiences.

Since avoidance symptoms almost always play a role, they should always be addressed. We will be happy to evaluate which treatment strategy is most suitable for you during the assessment phase.

The aim of trauma-focused treatment is to support you so that you can cope with your everyday life again and develop new perspectives. The images and feelings of the traumatic situation are gradually and gently processed. As the person affected, you will gradually learn how to deal with it better and regain control. The aim is for the trauma – like other formative experiences – to become part of your biography without you being torn out of your normal psychological state each time by memories.

Post-traumatic stress disorder – the role of relatives

Relatives can provide valuable support in coping with traumatic experiences. Treat those affected with respect, do not condemn their feelings and behavior, but regard them as normal and justified reactions to a disturbing experience. Be a patient listener without imposing yourself, but also be aware of your own limits. If necessary, seek additional support from self-help groups, counseling centers or from us. Support those affected in seeking medical help. The patient’s feelings of shame and guilt often weigh so heavily that this step seems almost impossible. Give your relatives support and encourage them to get involved in an initial consultation.

For patients

As a patient, you cannot register directly for a consultation. Please get a referral from your primary care physician, specialist.

For referrering physicians

This offer is aimed at people between the ages of 18 and 65. Simply assign your patient to us online.

University Hospital Zurich
Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine
Culmannstrasse 8
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 52 80
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