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CBT for Disaster-Exposed Youth with PTSD

A recent study published in Behavior Therapy provides initial evidence for the efficacy of manualized Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for disaster-exposed youth with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Previous research suggests that group-based CBT is effective in decreasing post-traumatic stress levels in youth. Treatment is often difficult to obtain for this population, however, due to lack of resources. The current study eliminated this obstacle by providing treatment within a school setting.…
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CBT for Soldiers: A personal message to professionals from Drs. Aaron and Judith Beck

We are trying to address a very serious problem: military personnel who need effective psychological/psychiatric treatment but who are not receiving it. To address this urgent problem, we have embarked upon a new initiative to offer partial scholarships to our Cognitive Behavior Therapy training programs for mental health professionals who treat soldiers, veterans, and their families (www.cbtforsoldiers.org).

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PTSD Symptoms Benefited by Early Intervention CBT

A recent meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) delivered within a 3-month period of traumatic events to be effective in the treatment of trauma-induced stress symptoms for patients with PTSD or acute stress disorder. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of "multiple-session trauma-focused psychological interventions to treat chronic PTSD," but little had been done to evaluate the efficacy of early interventions. The present…
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Cognitive Therapy is Helping Veterans

Guest Blogger: John Milwee, Psy.D., Veterans Administration therapist and Beck Institute alumnus Veterans returning from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq may face many challenges as they begin to reintegrate into their roles as parents, employees, friends, and neighbors. In recent months a great deal of media attention has been focused on those returning Veterans who suffer with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) associated with their combat experience. Alarming…
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Older Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Helped by CBT

Medscape: According to a pilot study presented at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America 2009 Annual Conference, older veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related symptoms of depression and anxiety - which can persist for decades - may benefit from prolonged exposure therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy). Twelve sessions included "in vivo experience, in which patients are exposed to fears out in the world, and imaginary…
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There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so…

Does Shakespeare's famous maxim apply to head injury? According to a new study, the answer is yes. Researchers recently looked at patients with mild head injuries (90% of head injuries in Western countries are classified as "mild") to see whether perceptions of illness contributed to the development and severity of post-concusional syndrome (PCS). 73 patients with mild head injuries participated in the study. They were monitored for PCS symptoms, post-traumatic stress symptoms,…
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