Cognitive Behavioral Therapy And Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Millions of people suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and struggle to find an effective treatment option. Many people have the misconception that only our veterans have this condition but in actuality over 8% of the Unites States population have this mental illness. Researchers have been trying to study and determine what the best treatment options are. Patients can get confused and frustrated in trying to find a treatment that will fit their needs and gives them the best opportunity and chance of recovery. Research has indicated that drug therapy has limited results when used without therapy and may only treat symptoms (Wright 2013). Although many…show more content…
Patients may also be hesitant to talk about the original event especially in the case of rape or sexual abuse. General Practitioners (GPs) often are not well trained in this type of mental illness and are not aware of treatment options. And many patients suffer from co-morbidities. (Wright, 2013) One of the biggest obstacles in treating PTSD is the high prevalence of co-morbidities. Co-morbidity is the presence of two or more chronic diseases or conditions in a patient. “A study conducted in Australia found that at least half of the people with PTSD have moderate depression, while generalized anxiety disorder was present in a 40% of men and 22% of women sufferers. (Wright, 2014).” This study also found a close link between PTSD patients and substance abuse; it was found that over 30% of people who suffer from PTSD also suffer from substance abuse. (Wright, 2014) Co-morbidities can make treatment very difficult since it’s not the PTSD alone that may need treatment; it’s a series of issues. For example, a patient with PTSD who also suffers from substance abuse needs two different kinds of treatment. Multiple kinds of treatment may take more time and effort in order to get multiple conditions under control. Ideally a patient needs to find a provider who can help with all his/her mental health conditions and a treatment that addresses them holistically. In
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