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Traumatic Injuries and Early Pharmacological Intervention for Psychological Challenges: Is this the Best Option?

Tulika M Agarwal, Vishwajit Verma, Arya R Panchabhai

Keywords : Accidents traffic, Antidepressants, Depressed, Depression, Emotionally lowered, Psychological interventions, Trauma, Traumatic injuries, Trauma surgery care

Citation Information : Agarwal TM, Verma V, Panchabhai AR. Traumatic Injuries and Early Pharmacological Intervention for Psychological Challenges: Is this the Best Option?. Panam J Trauma Crit Care Emerg Surg 2022; 11 (1):68-69.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10030-1377

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 04-05-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Abstract

Patients with traumatic injuries experience various psychological symptoms similar to depression, which do not meet the criteria for such diagnosis . Antidepressant medications should not be prescribed except after the correct diagnosis of depression, made by a qualified mental health professional. Psychological interventions should be used as first line of care for most injured patients. Psychological interventions, unlike antidepressants, have proven long-term efficacy and have been adequately established. At the same time, antidepressants may have known or lesser-known side effects with long-term implications on one\'s mental health and should only be used as the second line of intervention for patients with traumatic injuries.


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