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Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Reaction (2010)

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PTSD guideline imageThe guideline describes the critical decision points in the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Reaction and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of patients with one of these diagnoses.

Disclaimer:This Clinical Practice Guideline is intended for use only as a tool to assist a clinician/healthcare professional and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.

About the CPG Guideline Links Patient-Provider Tools Related Guidelines
The guideline is formatted as four algorithms and modules, with annotations:
  • Core Algorithm
    - Initial Evaluation and Treatment
  • Algorithm A
    - Acute Stress Reaction/Disorder (ASR/ASD)
  • Algorithm B-1
    - Diagnosis of PTSD
  • Algorithm B-2
    - Treatment for PTSD
Questions about the PTSD Guideline
PTSD Full Guideline (2010)
PTSD Summary (2010)
PTSD Pocket Guide (2013)
PTSD Provider Tool (Training)
Implementing the 2010 VA/DoD CPG for PTSD: A Guide to Clinic Leaders
Experiencing PTSD as a Family - Booklet
Understanding PTSD - Booklet
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Bipolar Disorder in Adults (BD)
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)