Treatment of PTSD

Treatment of PTSD among Veterans

  • Cognitive-behavioral graduated exposure
  • Rational-emotive therapy to reduce delusional or irrational thinking patterns
  • Defragmentation of memory
  • Readjustment counseling and formal/informal group therapy involving other veterans
  • Traumatic grief
  • Identification and amelioration of burnout, trauma fatigue, and low interpersonal tolerance
  • Trauma-focused exploration as able to improve realism, confidence, self-esteem, and coping mechanisms
  • Psychodynamic retelling, if able
  • Comorbid treatment and crisis managementas necessary
  • Anticipation and preparation around trauma triggers
  • ¬†Assessment and treatment of anger and explosivity
  • Assess and manage substance abuse or dependence
  • Family and system impact
  • Depersonalization related to emotional numbness, frustration, and withdrawal
  • Sleep management
  • Reduction of helplessness through motivational interviewing and support
  • Management of dissociation and uncontrollable arousal
  • Related physical health problems
  • Medication support and management
  • Reduction of related or connected stress

All good PTSD treatment is individualized in nature, shared and mutual within the treatment model, and usually done best when there isn't a current or significant crisis.