Commonly Used First-Line Treatments For PTSD In Veterans May Not Work As Well As Once Thought

TIME (8/5, Sifferlin) reports that a study published Aug. 4 in the Journal of the American Medical Association “suggests commonly used first-line treatments for PTSD in veterans may not work as well as medical experts once thought.” After reviewing “36 randomized control trials of psychotherapy treatments for veterans suffering from PTSD over a 35-year span,” researchers found that even though “up to 70% of the” PTSD patients receiving cognitive processing therapy or prolonged exposure therapy “experienced symptom improvements, around two-thirds of people receiving the treatments still met the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis after treatment.”

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— “How Effective Are PTSD Treatments for Veterans?,” Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, August 4, 2015.

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