Evidence-Based Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment
- Returning Military Service Personnel
- Sexual Assault Victims
- Others with post traumatic stress reactions to discreet
The Natinal Center for PTSD, part of the
Department of Veteran's Affairs, describes PTSD in the following
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that
can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic
event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens
to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or
others' lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you
have no control over what is happening.
Anyone who has gone through a life-threatening event can develop
PTSD. These events can include:
- Combat or military exposure
- Child sexual or physical abuse
- Terrorist attacks
- Sexual or physical assault
- Serious accidents, such as a car wreck.
- Natural disasters, such as a fire, tornado, hurricane,
flood, or earthquake.
After the event, you may feel scared, confused, or angry. If
these feelings don't go away or they get worse, you may have PTSD.
These symptoms may disrupt your life, making it hard to continue
with your daily activities.
(For more from the National
Center for PTSD website,
PTSD Can Be Treated
I have received training from the Center for Deployment
Psychology in the method most recommended by the Department of
Defense for the PTSD treatment of returning warriors and their
families. Prolonged Exposure Therapy has been shown to be effective
with military personnel, sexual assault victims and others subject
Call or email if you would like to talk about whether this
approach might help you.