Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Current Care Summary
Working group set up by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Psychiatric Association

Current Care Guideline «Traumaperäinen stressihäiriö»1 and Summary «Traumaperäinen stressihäiriö»2 (in Finnish)

The updated Current Care Guidelines for ASD and PTSD recommend psychosocial support and careful monitoring for acute stress reaction (ASR) and acute stress disorder (ASD). If symptoms require, short focused cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy can be used for ASD. Medication is rarely necessary. Trauma-focused psychotherapeutic interventions are the first-line treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Antidepressant medication is an effective second-line treatment. Psychotherapeutic interventions and medication should often be combined. Specific groups, such as children, the elderly, and military and peacekeeping personnel need tailored interventions.

Matti Ponteva (Chair)

Markus Henriksson

Raimo Isoaho

Tanja Laukkala

Raija-Leena Punamäki

Kristian Wahlbeck