University of Pennsylvania PTSD research released today

Study shows new research suggests a kind of prolonged exposure therapy is more successful than supportive therapy for teen girls who struggle with PTSD due to sexual abuse. Full article courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania and Futurity.

In short, the modified form of prolonged exposure therapy patients revisit and recount aloud their trauma-related thoughts, feelings, and situations.

Despite a high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adolescents, evidence-based treatments like prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD in this population have never been established.

The concern has been that prolonged exposure therapy, while the most established evidence-based treatment for adults with PTSD, could exacerbate PTSD symptoms in adolescent patients who have not mastered the coping skills necessary for this type of exposure to be safely provided.

For more info, the full study is at... http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1793800

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