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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CBT)

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The topic that I would like to discuss is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), this topic is very close to me since was a member of the armed forces and suffer from aggressive stress. Our text defines PTSD as a “disorder that occurs following an extreme event, in which a person re-experiences the event, avoids reminders of the trauma, and exhibits persistent increased arousal” (Hooley, p. 622) It isn’t common knowledge that PTSD isn’t limited to war trauma’s, it can be brought on by childhood abuse, car accidents, anything severely life changing, etc. The history of PTSD isn’t a very short one, however it was just recently added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) although controversial when introduced,…show more content…
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including depression and anxiety. During the course of treatment, individuals learn how to identify disturbing or destructive though patters that can have an ill influence on behaviors and emotions. Being cognoscente of ones thoughts and looking at it from a logical point of view can often help individuals that are suffering from PTSD symptoms, group therapy is often a safe setting with peers that can help instill CBT effectively, and even see how CBT has improved others’ lives as well. In these setting patients can discuss memories of PTSD and have even been most successful with war veteran, sexual molestation cases, even natural disaster…show more content…
This therapy teaches individuals new ways to handle upsetting thoughts by gaining skills that can help decide an easier way to deal with the trauma. This type of therapy can be very uncomfortable for many individuals since they will be tasked to speak or write about their traumatic experiences. Prolonged Exposure Therapy is also a useful program to help manage with PTSD, this specific exposure program that has been subject if considerable research in the treatment of PTSD in which an individual is tasked with three exercises. First is “in vivo” exposure to the trauma reminder, typically as an at home exercise, second is imaginal exposure in which exposure to the memory of the traumatic event which is normally assigned with at home exercises and in therapy sessions, and lastly processing of imaginal exposure which involves psychoeducation about the nature of trauma and trauma
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