PTSD From a PE View: The Fear Structure, Trauma, and Recovery

Barbara-Rothbaum

Associate Vice-Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program
Director, Emory Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program
Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology

Key Points

  1. Fear and anxiety are a normal response to trauma.
  2. Due to avoidance, sometimes fear does not extinguish.
  3. PTSD can be conceptualized as a disorder of extinction.
  4. Fear structures contain information about the feared stimuli, the fear responses, and the meaning.

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