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Research- Based Intervention on Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder Erica Mariscal Vigil PSYCH 650 Dr. Harry Beaman 05/25/15 Research- Based Intervention on Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder According to Butcher, Mineka, and Hooley (2013), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a “disorder that occurs following an extreme traumatic event, in which a person re-experiences the event, avoids reminders of the trauma, and exhibits persistent increased arousal”. An example may be, a person who observed or experienced something extremely frightening, may feel that their life or the life of others may be in danger (Butcher, Mineka, and Hooley, 2013). People with PTSD may feel frightened and feel that they don’t have control over their…show more content…
The study also examined the connection between avoidance symptoms and the decreased ability of Veterans diagnosed with PTSD to express emotions in the relationship, the results showed that the avoidance symptoms interfered with intimacy and contributed to the problems in maintaining and building positive relationships (Price & Stevens, 2012). Sleep Critical to Effective PTSD Treatment According to this study, sleep is critical in the effectiveness of PTSD treatment. It suggests that poor sleep can impair a person’s ability to fully benefit from exposure-based treatments for PTSD (Wood, 2014). Researchers believe that by treating sleep before treating daytime symptoms of PTSD and test if people who are sleeping better thrive more from exposure therapy (Wood, 2014). Studies done on animal conditioning of fear showed that the animals’ rapid eye movement was disrupted in animals with a conditioned fear (Wood, 2014). “ For their study, researchers recruited 42 healthy volunteers who were tested over three consecutive days and nights. They found that increased safety signaling was associated with increased REM sleep consolidation at night. They also found that the quality of overnight REM sleep was related to how well volunteers managed fear conditioning” (Wood, 2014). The Causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder According to the Biopsychosocial Model The causes of PTSD based on the biopsychosocial model can be made up of frequent “anxiety or
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