Treatment for PTSD


Treatment for PTSD

In the last twenty years or so the treatment for PTSD has advanced from it’s early years, especially in regards to chronic PTSD. Although PTSD and it’s treatment has been recognized by physicians throughout the years, especially those who work with war veterans. One of the most prominent in the field of treating trauma was Charles Myers who in 1915 brought attention to the term “shell shock” in a journal article he wrote. Pierre Janet (1859-1947) has been instrumental in how the field thinks about dissociation.

We’ve learned a great deal about memory, the nervous system, and how traumatic material gets sequestered out of consciousness. Knowing this, skilled trauma therapists have learned how the treatment of PTSD can help people reduce their PTSD symptoms and heal the panic attacks, anxiety attacks, nightmares, and the physical impulses of fight or flight.

Many trauma survivors report having inner world that is at odds with how they present to the world.

Most people are aware of this difference and will acknowledge that people can’t relate to their extreme feelings of neediness, vulnerability, terror, horror, shock, betrayal or shame. They carefully protect what they express to the world because they haven’t had a safe experience of bringing that forth.  Others can’t hide, can’t keep these overwhelming feelings at bay. They often feel cast out by their families and society at large.

Whether or not you are able to keep posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms at bay you’re likely aware of the symptoms that range from panic attacks, anxiety attacks (becoming over time anxiety disorders), mood disorders, acute stress disorder, and dissociative disorders.

This section on the treatment of PTSD will look at the three main treatment approaches for chronic PTSD: somatic therapies, CBT, and the Internal Family Systems model which addresses the psychological self.

What does that mean if you’re one of those working with your trauma history?

You’re probably no stranger at being able to show a put-together side of yourself to the world, all while knowing there’s a lot more going on inside. In a simple way that’s what the dissociation models describe.

There are treatments for PTSD that are useful to look at. The various treatments below work with the range of PTSD, chronic PTSD and the dissociative disorders.

The somatic therapies approach to the treatment of PTSD looks more at the biological underpinnings of ptsd, the CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) looks at how to shape the mind, especially between therapy sessions, and the Internal Family Systems model approaches treatment with the intent to integrate parts of self. There’s no “right way.” Most people find that having an understanding of both actually helps the most.

Let’s look at the various approaches to the treatment for PTSD somatic therapies , working with internal parts, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

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