November 7, 2011
This paper I will compare and contrast three therapeutic interventions used to treat PTSD, which will be cognitive-behavioral therapies, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications, and Acupuncture therapy. I will compare measures of effectiveness, such as validity, efficacy, symptom, and recidivism. Next I will identify what approach to treating PTSD I would use, and explain why. I will examine neurophysiological underpinnings of PTSD. Last, I will examine attitudes towards the three treatments I have selected.
Therapeutic Interventions used to treat PTSD.
The three therapeutic interventions that will be compared will be one in the cognitive nature, one in the pharmacological nature, and the last will be an alternative therapeutic treatment.
A cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment is one that is established on the notion that psychological problems occur as a consequence of the way in which a person understands or assess circumstances, beliefs, and viewpoints in addition to a person’s behaviors. A number of different therapies are considered to be cognitive behavioral that are normally used to treat individuals with PTSD. A few of those are Exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and stress-inoculation therapy (U.S. Medicine, 2011, p. 1).
CBT for PTSD entails cautiously and progressively exposing a person to feelings, viewpoints, and circumstances that may remind the person of the initial trauma. CBT furthermore involves identifying hurtful feelings about the event that was traumatic in particular feelings that are unclear and unfounded and substituting them with a more reasonable image (Smith & Segal, 2011).
Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder has been proven to be very successful with reducing a person’s symptoms and in addition improving a person’s quality of life.