PTSD study shows symptoms improve when patient chooses treatment

PTSD study shows symptoms improve when patient chooses treatment

A recently published PTSD study led by the University of Washington has found those who suffer from PTSD have a higher recovery rate from symptoms when they chose their own form of treatment.

My belief is that the individuals who chose their own form of treatment are:

  1. Choosing something that resonates more with their personalities, therefore making it easier to commit long term to this type of treatment; and
  2. Empowering themselves by making a conscious decision to take control of their PTSD.

Now, myself, I did not/do not have the choice in what treatments I get…it’s more trial and error and working my therapists.  Luckily, I’ve been fortunate to have therapists that are open to me saying the treatment is not working for me and they take no offence.  We are all different.

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This PTSD study proves to me that we need to educate ourselves on the treatment alternatives out there and work with our therapists to select the one that works best for us.

You can find some info on this site about some treatments (more will be added as time passes).  Here are some links to articles I’ve written to help get you started.

If you have any additions that you’d like to see written about, please don’t hesitate to get ahold of me and let me know.

The study, published Oct. 19 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, is the first large-scale trial of hundreds of PTSD patients, including veterans and survivors of sexual assault, to measure whether patient preference in the course of treatment impacts the effectiveness of a type of cognitive behavioral therapy and use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a type of antidepressant often prescribed for PTSD.


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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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