PTSD: National Center for PTSD
As these articles show, trauma-focused psychotherapy is the premier treatment for PTSD, but medication has an important role to play. Emerging and alternative treatments, as well as methods to better engage patients or enhance their treatment response are also described.
Clinical Practice Guidelines
- 2017 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of PTSD
The updated VA/DoD CPG includes objective, evidence-based information on the management of PTSD and related conditions, including diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up recommendations.
- Overview of Psychotherapy for PTSD
Reviews the psychotherapy recommendations of the 2017 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD, including discussion of the research underlying unanimous support of cognitive behavioral therapies.
- Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
Explains the theoretical model and session content of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), including a review of effectiveness research for individual and group modalities as well as studies including special populations and comorbidities
- Prolonged Exposure for PTSD
Explains the theoretical model and session content of Prolonged Exposure (PE), including a review of effectiveness research and studies including special populations and comorbidities.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Explains the theoretical model and session content of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), including a review of effectiveness research among different populations or those with comorbidities.
- Written Exposure Therapy (WET)
Explains the theoretical model and session content of Written Exposure Therapy (WET), including a review of effectiveness research and studies including special populations and comorbidities.
- Present-Centered Therapy for PTSD
Explains the theoretical model and session content of Present-Centered Therapy (PCT), including a review of effectiveness research and studies including special populations and comorbidities.
- Treating Survivors in the Acute Aftermath of Traumatic Events
Describes the complexity of therapy decisions following traumatic events, such as: the nature of events, phases of coping, assessment and evaluation, and intervention information noting specific techniques for acute stress.
- Dissemination of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for PTSD in Veterans Affairs
An overview of VA's efforts to disseminate and evaluate utilization practices of Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure for treatment of PTSD.
- Clinician's Guide to Medications for PTSD
Discusses evidence and general neurobiology for use of medications to treat PTSD, including effectiveness, common barriers, and important considerations.
- Use of Benzodiazepines for PTSD in Veterans Affairs
Explains recommendation and evidence against use of benzodiazepines for treatment of PTSD and VA efforts to reduce use of these medications.
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD
Reviews the evidence about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches as treatment for PTSD and describes VA's efforts to support research investigating CAM for PTSD.
- Potential of Mindfulness in Treating Trauma Reactions
Discusses therapies that incorporate mindfulness practices and presents research suggesting clinical utility for trauma survivors.
Treatment Engagement and Enhancement
- Enhancing PTSD Treatment and Delivery
Discusses new treatment, accessibility, and delivery strategies for PTSD care, including the use of technology, combined therapies, or other techniques.
- Using the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid with Your Patients
Learn how to use this online decision aid to help your patients make informed decisions about their PTSD treatment.
- Using AboutFace: Real PTSD Stories
Engage your patients in care with this online video gallery dedicated to Veterans talking about living with PTSD and how treatment turned their lives around.
- PTSD and Telemental Health
Describes how clinicians use various technologies to deliver mental health care while eliminating travel and discusses clinical considerations and pros/cons of telemedicine for patients with PTSD.
Mobile apps and self-help tools
- CPT Coach
A treatment companion mobile app to be used by patients and their mental health provider during Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT Coach is not a self-help tool.
- PE Coach
A treatment companion mobile app to be used by patients and their mental health provider during Prolonged Exposure (PE). PE Coach may help with adherence to the treatment manual.
- PTSD Coach Online: Self-Help and Coping for Clients
Learn how to use this web-based self-help resource offering 17 tools to address stress-related symptoms and enhance problems skills as a supplement to treatment or to reinforce patient skill development post-treatment.
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