The majority of patients treated with psychotherapy for PTSD in randomized trials recover or improve. However, several of them continue to have residual symptoms or may even get worse over time. Commonly used therapeutic approaches, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), may only provide ‘short fixes’ that ignore the underlying problems. To deal with the trauma permanently requires integrating the memory of it internally. This usually means making sense of it in a helpful and constructive way.
Keywords: PTSD, trauma, psychotherapy, treatment
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