Your Mrs. Texas International Farabe’ Algor recently visited with veterans and professionals at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Here, she shares what she learned about therapy for PTSD:
Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. While there, I spent the day at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). The hospital is 5 stories and is home to a newly designed CLC with an entire floor dedicated to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research and its patients.
I was able to meet one-on-one with Dr. Peter Turek who is leading the way in a therapy called Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Cognitive Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy is a type of behavioral treatment that focuses on decreasing symptoms of PTSD. It is an individual therapy that addresses the common causes and symptoms of PTSD in four ways: education about treatment and common reactions to trauma, controlled breathing training, in vivo exposure and imaginal exposure.
Prolonged Exposure works by allowing you to work through painful memories in a safe and supportive environment. It also allows you to engage with activities you have been avoiding as a result of the sustained trauma.
Prolonged Exposure is most effective when you are committed and motivated to engage with all aspects of the treatment. You can expect treatment to last anywhere from 8-15 sessions, with each session being approximately 90 minutes in length.
Prolonged Exposure therapy has proven results!! 80% of patients experience significant improvements in coping with PTSD after 9-12 sessions. Prolonged Exposure therapy also improves daily functioning by reducing the debilitating mental and physical impacts Depression, Anxiety and Anger.
Dr. Turek encourages all individuals with PTSD or PTSD symptoms to inquire about Prolonged Exposure Therapy at your local VA. Many VA providers throughout the country have trained staff members that have experience in Prolonged Exposure therapy.
For more information on Prolonged Exposure therapy, please visit www.PTSD.va.gov
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