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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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