Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

25 Feb 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a prevalent and complex psychiatric condition that arises in response to exposure to traumatic events, significantly impacting an individual's mental well-being. Characterized by a diverse array of symptoms, PTSD can affect cognition, mood, somatic experiences, and behavior, leading to chronic impairments and an elevated risk of comorbid psychiatric illnesses, including an increased susceptibility to suicide. This activity describes the evaluation and management of PTSD and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in improving care for affected patients.

Clinicians participating in this activity can expect to gain comprehensive insights into the complexity of managing PTSD, acknowledging the individualized nature of trauma cases and the variability in symptom manifestation. Participants can anticipate learning about both psychological interventions and pharmacotherapy for prevention and treatment. Clinicians are provided a holistic approach to addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by this challenging psychiatric disorder.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for PTSD.

  • Differentiate between various presentations of PTSD by recognizing diverse symptomatology, considering cultural nuances, and understanding the impact of individualized trauma experiences.

  • Implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions for PTSD, including cognitive-behavioral therapies, pharmacotherapy, and emerging treatments, tailoring approaches to individual patient needs.

  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to improve care coordination, addressing the multifaceted challenges posed by PTSD.


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Continuing Education Accreditation Information

In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Social Workers: StatPearls, LLC designates this continuing education activity for 1.50 ASWB ACE credit(s) for social workers. Social Workers should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Method of Participation and Credit

  1. Register for the activity.    
  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Faculty may discuss investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the FDA. Readers should verify all information before employing any therapies described in this educational activity.

The information provided for this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The information presented does not necessarily reflect the views of StatPearls or any commercial supporters of educational activities on StatPearls expressly disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through a participant's misunderstanding of the content.

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with FDA requirements, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA-approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

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Bernadette S. on 5/8/2021

Enjoyed the course and the content and feel I understand many of the important issues in PTSD.

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