Treatment of PTSD

One of the most troubling outcomes of war for soldiers is the experience of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  About 20% of the troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq experience the symptoms of PTSD, which include disturbing flashbacks, hyper-arousal, and avoidance.  The Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have recommended 4 different treatment methods for PTSD.  Of the four, Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) have been shown to be the most effective.  CPT targets trauma-related cognitions by having patients write about their war experiences in order to highlight negative thought patterns.

Read the full article here:  Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches for Troops with PTSD