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(THE CONVERSATION) In people with post-traumatic stress disorder, remembering physical or sexual assault, fighting, or events related to disasters can trigger intense anxiety or panic attacks and debilitating flashbacks.
In the United States, about 7% of people have PTSD, losing an average of about four days of work each month as a result. Trauma-specific psychotherapy, like cognitive processing or talk therapy, is the cornerstone of treating PTSD. But for roughly half of the people, these traditional approaches are ineffective in providing full long-term treatment for PTSD symptoms. Antidepressants are often used when psychotherapy fails, or in combination with it, but the effects are usually modest.