Evidence-based Treatments: Proven ways to help yourself and others who battle with PTSD

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Objective: Understand how to identify evidence based treatment if you or a loved one is battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Time to Read: 3 minutes

Sources/Influencers: US Department of Veteran Affairs – National Center for PTSD

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PTSD is a complex condition that can affect all individuals differently. The way each individual is treated or counseled varies making a common answer to this diagnosis more difficult.

Military veterans often lean on their family, friends, or professionals to deal with their PTSD symptoms. Intimate support is imperative but effective and constructive advice is best for the veterans in need of counsel. Finding quality information about how to treat PTSD can be a bit overwhelming. The Veterans Affairs suggests that when you or your loved one seeks treatment or advice, to look for the phrase ‘evidence-based treatment. Medical professionals and psychologist have made strides in recent years to define what treatments are proven to work for the majority of PTSD patients. Scientist, medical professionals, and mental health experts used high quality case studies, repeated case studies, random participants, and various studies tested across the nation to compile journals and agreed solutions.

Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy are two types of evidence-based treatments for PTSD according to the Veteran Affair’s Department. Evidence based treatments are highly encouraged because they are proven too work. Cognitive Processing encourages patients to change their negative thoughts about trauma while Prolonged Exposure challenges patients to confront negative memories so they can better cope with those flashbacks.

The next time you search for information about PTSD or how to treat PTSD, be sure to check the source for ‘evidence-based treatments’ so you know you’re passing alone tested and beneficial results. Here at Wounded Warrior Homes, we are committed to raising awareness about PTSD. Please share this resource with a veteran today.

This information was brought to you by the National Center for PTSD. For more information, please visit their website http://www.ptsd.va.gov/

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