What Are The Therapeutic Approaches Commonly Used to Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder {PTSD}?


Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) involves working with
cognitions to change emotions, thoughts, and behaviours. Exposure therapy is one form of CBT that is unique to trauma
treatment. It uses careful, repeated,
detailed imagining of the trauma (exposure) in a safe, controlled context to
help the survivor face and gain control of the fear and distress that was
overwhelming during the trauma. In some cases, trauma memories or reminders can
be confronted all at once (“flooding”). For other individuals or
traumas, it is preferable to work up to the most severe trauma gradually by
using relaxation techniques and by starting with less upsetting life stresses
or by taking the trauma one piece at a time (“desensitization”).

Along with exposure, CBT for trauma

· 1- Learning skills for coping with anxiety
(such as breathing retraining or biofeedback) and negative thoughts
(“cognitive restructuring”).

2- Managing anger.

3- Preparing for stress reactions…

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