When we think about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we often picture veterans, however, many other people are impacted by trauma long after the event is over.
If you believe you have post-traumatic symptoms, you are not alone. According to the US National Comorbidity Survey, the lifetime prevalence of PTSD among North Americans is 7.8%. Among women who have been sexually assaulted, the lifetime prevalence of PTSD is estimated at 50%. PTSD also impacts first responders. Research suggests firefighters, law enforcement officers, medics and doctors have higher rates of PTSD than non-first responders. Clinical experience tells us these groups of people are reluctant to seek treatment due to believing they "should be able to cope." However, research also suggests our first responders, soldiers, and rape survivors have experienced or witnessed a greater number of trauma events. There is no shame in seeking help. PTSD is treatable.
Click on the video below to learn more about prolonged exposure, a type of cognitive therapy strongly recommended by the American Psychological Association's Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Cantu has advanced training in the use of both prolonged exposure (PE) therapy and cognitive process therapy (CPT). She does not use EMDR for the treatment of PTSD because research indicates PE and CPT have better long-term effects in follow up studies. Further, dismantling studies indicate the effective component of EMDR is the exposure work, the principle intervention in PE and CPT.
What is prolonged exposure and how does it work?
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