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Long Term Effects Of CBT For PTSD

Cognitive-behavior treatments (CBT) used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related symptoms, may provide long-term improvements. Two CBTs, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE), are effective and are considered “first line treatments” for PTSD. A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology examined PTSD in female rape survivors, and the long term outcomes of CPT and PE. Between those who were treated with CPT and those whose treatment was PE, there was no significant difference in their outcomes. Before treatment, 100% had criteria for PTSD, but in the long-term followup, only 22.2%(CPT) and 17.5%(PE) met the criteria.

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