The Effects Of Electroconvulsive Therapy And Psychotherapy For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The Study between Electroconvulsive Therapy and Psychotherapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Domenica Cardoza University of Texas Pan-American Abstract Post-traumatic stress disorder is suffered by individuals who have experienced significantly stressful or upsetting events that has affected their everyday life, in particular individuals who have been in military combat or terroristic incidents. It is important to understand the different types of treatment that will be used in this study which are psychotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy, also known as ECT. One research states psychotherapy is underutilized for veterans suffering from PTSD, since this disorder is linked to suicide risk, reduced life quality, physical…show more content…
(McElhiney, Moody, Steif, Prudic, Devanand, Sackheim, (1995) Studies show psychotherapy is one of the most used therapies for PTSD, but it’s not as effective as other therapies might be. One research states psychotherapy is underutilized for veterans suffering from PTSD, since this disorder is linked to suicide risk, reduced life quality, physical disabilities and even difficulty in building relationships after their trauma, there is a significant concern on what should be done about this. There were about 25% of people diagnosed with PTSD who were receiving about 4 sessions per year, and there was about 16% who were receiving 52 sessions per year. (Hundt, Mott, Cully, Smith, Grady, Teng (2014) That’s a significant difference in the treatments. Psychotherapy is said to be less effective than electroconvulsive therapy when treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans suffering from PTSD have a hard time adjusting to the outside world after their traumatic event, this can consist of individuals who experienced major military events, or individuals who were in actual combat and the amount of combat experienced. The symptoms can include physical reactions, nightmares, flashbacks and extreme emotional disturbances which can lead to violent reactions, suicidal thoughts and levels of depression

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