“What Works for PTSD” by Alexandra Carmichael

3 Apr

https://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/what-works-for-ptsd/

From the blog 23andMe:

“Some of the most popular treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are not necessarily the most effective, according to a new study by CureTogether, a free resource owned by 23andMe that allows people to share information about their health and treatments.

People in the study said they found some treatments without drugs — including art therapy and exercise — were the most effective. Conversely some popular treatments such as the use of antidepressants, were among the least effective, according to the study.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is often associated with combat veterans, but the disorder can occur in anyone who has experienced or seen a traumatic event. Finding the right treatment can be particularly difficult, so CureTogether asked people suffering from PTSD to rate the effectiveness of different treatments.

CureTogether’s study compiled responses from 531 people with PTSD, who rated the effectiveness of 31 different treatments.

Among the most helpful treatments were Cognitive Behavior Therapy, avoiding places and noises that trigger symptoms, art therapy, and exercise. Also highly effective for those in the study were having a daily routine and participating in support groups. Also on the list was the use of a clear shower curtain, which addresses the fear some have of hidden threats. In contrast people in the study said anti-depressants and Exposure Therapy were not as effective.”

 

 

 

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One Response to ““What Works for PTSD” by Alexandra Carmichael”

  1. heartandsoulmatter April 3, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Reblogged this on heartandsoulmatter and commented:
    Interesting results.

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