Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Current Care Summary
Working group set up by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, the Finnish Psychiatric Association and The Finnish Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,

Current Care Guideline «Traumaperäinen stressihäiriö»1 and Summary «Traumaperäinen stressihäiriö (posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD)»2 (in Finnish)

The updated Current Care Guidelines for PTSD includes assessment and treatment of acute stress reaction (ASR), acute stress disorder (ASD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in all age groups. Psychosocial support and active monitoring are recommended after a potentially traumatic event. If symptoms require, short focused cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy can be used for ASD. Trauma-focused psychotherapeutic interventions are the first-line treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Antidepressant medication is effective, but evidence on other pharmacological options and on treatment combinations is limited. Specific groups, such as first responders, military and peacekeeping personnel may require tailored interventions.

Tanja Laukkala (Chair)

Ferdinand Garoff

Henna Haravuori

Pekka Jylhä

Ilona Luoma

Kristian Wahlbeck