Treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are in high demand.There are several promising psychological treatments for Post traumatic stress disorder. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with combat stress and the horrors of war. While many combat veterans do suffer PTSD, victims of physical and sexual abuse, horrific accidents, natural disasters and other life threatening events can often leave individuals suffering with symptoms of anxiety, panic, nightmares, flash backs and a host of other problems. Sometimes, in an effort to deal with these unpleasant symptoms, people rely on drugs and alcohol and end up with additional problems as well. Cognitive behavioral treatments particularly, exposure based methods like flooding, systematic desensitization and EMDR are often effective in alleviating the harmful symptoms of PTSD. Hypnosis can also be an effective treatment either alone or in conjunction with one or more of these approaches. In my experience, especially in the case of automobile accidents, early detection and treatment can often lead to rapid and complete improvement. As a cognitive behavioral psychologist I have come to embrace “EMDR” as my favorite treatment for both acute and chronic cases of PTSD. It is non-directive and well tolerated by most clients and often leads to partial or complete remediation of the presenting problem. The eight phases of evaluation and treatment can occur over a relatively short period of time. Clients who have had long standing problems or who have not been helped by other approaches have found EMDR to literally be a life savior.
Just as important as the treatments for post traumatic stress disorder are the therapists who provide them. Training, experience and strong interpersonal skills are equally important in successful outcomes. Therapists should be licensed and those using hypnosis, EMDR and related methods should be certified in these approaches.
With continued research, it is becoming clearer that a number of psychological methods may serve as effective treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.