Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (cont.)
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There are several types of therapy for PTSD. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy are the two main branches of treatment. There are a few different types of CBT as well. Many clinicians use both and integrate them into the work that they will do with you.
CBT cognitive behavior therapy for PTSD involves two main aspects. First there is exposure therapy.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on identifying current life situations that you were previously unaware of that may be setting off traumatic memories and worsening PTSD symptoms. You get help coping with intense feelings from the past. It helps you become more aware of your current feelings so that you can change your reactions to them. This therapy helps you understand how your past affects the way you feel now.
Maria Pease, MD
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