A recent clinical trial suggests that a new kind of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) called written exposure therapy (WET) may deliver the same results in less time than traditional therapies. WET involves writing about traumatic experiences. Continue reading
Many people consider PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to be purely a psychological condition but a new study at UC San Diego Health shows that PTSD may have an underlying physical basis.
The UC researchers observed that the brain emotional control centre called the amygdala was larger in head injured individuals who develop PTSD after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) than in those with mTBI who did not develop PTSD. Continue reading
Natalie Ellis, age 16, suffered extensive injuries in a very severe mva including mild brain injury, hand injury, multiple fractures, chronic pain & PSTD.
People injured or insured in BC who suffer PTSD as a result of an mva are entitled to ICBC Accident Benefits. These include funding for psychological treatments & reimbursement for prescribed medications.
There are a few psychotherapy treatments & medications that are shown to be effective in the treatment of PTSD including:
- prolonged-exposure therapy,
- cognitive processing therapy,
- eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR) &
- a couple of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s).
American & Canadian PTSD experts conducted a new study that revealed that treating post-traumatic stress disorder is more effective for “patients in committed relationships when their partners are deeply involved in the care”. Continue reading