CBT for PTSD: Basics and Rationale


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. CBT for PTSD involves helping the patient confront the reminders of the trauma in a therapeutic manner so that distress decreases.
  2. Exposure therapy has more evidence of efficacy for PTSD than other interventions.
  3. Prolonged Exposure (PE) has been found effective across trauma populations and in different cultures.

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