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Two pathways: verbally and situationally accessible memories.
Beta blockers in 12 Vietnam veterans. Improvements for nightmares, intrusive recollection and impaired sleep but side effects of depression.
More coherent narrative = less likely to suffer from PTSD.
Expressive writing - writing out the story several times including emotions worked for students and had positive health and behavioural effects.
No effect of secondary trauma in children of holocaust survivors.
7.8% of nearly 6000 adults had suffered from PTSD at some point in their lives.
MAOIs had a positive effect however large side effects.
Found PTSD symptoms in those who acted as counsellors after 9/11.
Neuroleptics were generally inferior to antidepressants.
Used narrative exposure therapy with survivors of the Szechan earthquake in China. Had a positive effect on reduction of symptoms, general health, anxiety and depression.
Self-help guides for students in Baghdad. Significant reductions in PTSD symptoms, anxiety and depression and higher use of positive coping strategies.
Trauma focused treatment was more effective than non-truama focused treatment. TF-CBT was significantly best therapy in reducing symptoms. Stress management therapy was good, but o
CBT effective for 9/11 survivors in reducing symptoms and depression.
PTSD/Trauma is a classically conditioned fear response.
Emotional processingtheory - how we deal with stress is affected by our appraisals of what we do. Negative believes regarding the trauma can reinforce the negative schemata.
Stress Response Theory - after an initial distress, the individual attempts to assimilate new trauma knowledge and existing schema and this results in an information overload.
No significant difference in hippocampal size 1 week and 6 montsh after trauma. But only 10/37 had PTSD at the 6 months point.
Right hippocampus is significantly smaller in MRIs of Vietnam combat veterans with PTSD.
Over 4-5 days, participants wrote stories and then signed them. Less PTSD symptoms in the year follow up.
Tricylic drugs were more effective than placebo in Vietnam veterans.
Benzodiazepines - patients with MPD and PTSD responded well long term.
RCT - 33 children with PTSD randomised into either EMDR or waiting list, and then crossover performed. Independent evaluator conducted pre/post tests. Children treated with EMDR sh
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