PTSD Intervention in California
Therapeutic PTSD Interventions
Several forms of therapy are now routinely being used to treat PTSD symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has shown promising rates of success. Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) has also been shown to be helpful in treating the aspects of PTSD that limits a person’s ability to rejoin the world. There are several other traditional therapeutic modalities that are now being applied in cases of PTSD.
The therapy that has shown the greatest success in treating PTSD are Exposure Therapies. Treatments like Prolonged Exposure ask a PTSD sufferer to submit to regular re-exposure of their specific trauma in a safe environment. They will either use their memory to recall the event or use other triggers (like pictures or miscellaneous items that serve as a trigger) to conjure up the emotion brought about by the trauma. By consistently re-experiencing the even while also employing relaxation techniques the symptoms of PTSD begin to diminish over time. It can be a difficult therapy to begin because so many emotions are “stirred up” in the process. The positive of this type of therapy is the high rates of effectiveness and the short time it takes to administer. Some PTSD sufferers can be treated in as little as a few months.
Pharmacological PTSD Interventions
Another type of PTSD Interventions is the use of pharmacology (medications). The most commonly prescribed psychotropic medications used for the treatment of PTSD are anti-anxiety medications and anti-depressant medications. By working closely with a psychiatrist it can be determined what type of medication will best help the individual seeking help. The most effective way to use medication therapy to treat PTSD is when using it in conjunction with a talk therapy. This increases the odds of a full recovery significantly.
Group Setting PTSD Interventions
One last, but important, PTSD intervention is group therapy. These types of therapy sessions are conducted under the guidance of a mental health professional. However, the bulk of the conversation is created by the group members. Typically all of the members of the group will have a diagnosis of PTSD and the optimal situation would be if all group members lived through a similar traumatic event. Being able to talk about symptoms and the impact on an individual’s life with people who truly understand can be a very freeing experience for people living with PTSD. In this supportive and confidential environment many people can start to see changes in the people around them and eventually in themselves.