Disorders Treated - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Definition of PTSD
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), although considered by the DSM-IV-TR to be an anxiety disorder, has many symptoms other than anxiety. PTSD develops in response to a traumatic event such as physical assault, abuse, sexual assault, combat, or witnessing such events.
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms exist across numerous domains including intrusive thoughts, images, and memories; avoidance; and intense emotions.
Specific symptoms could include:
3) thought suppression or avoidance
4) emotional suppression
6) avoidance of loved ones and support systems
11) hypervigilance and heightened startle response
12) intense guilt
13) addiction (alcohol and drug abuse)
Treatment of PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for PTSD have demonstrated very high success rates. Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy have both been empirically supported by a number of scientific studies. Many of these studies found efficacy in as few as 12 sessions.