The World Health Organization (WHO), in its new global directives on health, has offered new guidelines for the treatment of post-traumatic stress and has advised against using them benzodiazepines to alleviate the symptoms of acute stress caused by a recent traumatic situation.

The WHO commissioned a team of experts to study a large amount of scientific material on the management of acute and post-traumatic stress, and they concluded that benzodiazepines are abused, and often are used for problems for those that these drugs are not indicated.

After receiving requests from various countries to provide guidelines to guide the most appropriate way to treat patients who had suffered recent traumatic experiences or were in mourning situation, the WHO has finally published a clinical protocol and directives for Primary Care professionals to know how to act in these cases.

WHO has published a clinical protocol to guide the most appropriate way to treat patients who have suffered a recent traumatic experience

This organization has recommended that when treating victims of a recent trauma they are heard without pressure and trying to protect them from potential harm against themselves, determine if the factor that has caused the traumatic situation persists, and help them to contact your family or, if necessary, social services that assist them.

To treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, such as feeling threatened, sleep disorders, palpitations, anxiety crises, or sudden changes in behavior, the WHO confirms the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapies and eye movement therapy.

Columbia Psychiatry PTSD and Trauma Research and Treatment Panel Discussion on October 23, 2016 (November 2019).