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Effective PTSD treatment rarely used

www.psychologicalscience.org Published: April 11, 2013
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Post-traumatic stress disorder affects nearly 8 million adults in any given year, federal statistics show.
Fortunately, clinical research has identified certain psychological interventions that effectively ameliorate the symptoms of PTSD.


But most people struggling with PTSD don’t receive those treatments, according to a new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
Over years of testing, some forms of cognitive behavioral therapy have proved highly effective in addressing the distress and dysfunctional problems that trauma victims experience.
However, the majority of mental health professionals do not use such evidence-based treatments when working with patients suffering from PTSD, the researchers write.

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