A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD

A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD

Written Exposure Therapy (WET)

This article is about a study recently done on a treatment for PTSD called “written exposure therapy” (WET).

This type of therapy is a short duration (5 sessions) therapy and seemingly very effective.  The treatment is simple and goes like this:

The individual focuses on writing down the details of the traumatic event and the thoughts/feelings associated with it.  Fairly simple, but no doubt very difficult to do.

This is still a very scripted therapy and a mental health practitioner is still required.

I can see how this treatment for PTSD would have beneficial effects on those who are suffering from it.  Writing things down really does help make me feel better…it kind of exposes and solidifies things.  When I see the words in front of me I feel I am able to reflect more, and it seems to help me put things into perspective.

Really good read regardless though.

First-line treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often require many treatment sessions and delivery by extensively trained therapists. Now, research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has shown that a shorter therapy may be just as effective as lengthier first-line treatments. The study appeared in the […]

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I am a currently serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as an individual struggling with PTSD. For me, this site is to help myself and those who are in the same boat as me. I am also the site owner and admin, so please, if there are any questions or concerns, let me know. -We are not alone-

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