Thursday, November 24, 2016

Pioneering Fort Hood study on PTSD, Old is "new again!"

They called it "pioneering" but in the same article it is pointed out that CPT goes back to the 80's. CPT does work, when done the right way, like making sure there is closure and soldiers find a way to make peace with themselves instead of battling within themselves. When done the wrong way, they get frustrated and give up. The best research on PTSD started 40 years ago, but what failed has been repeated and what worked has been forgotten about.
Pioneering Fort Hood study on PTSD treatment finds some healed
San Antonio Express
By J.p. Lawrence
November 23, 2016
CPT examines how someone thinks about a traumatic event and how that affects their emotions, said Patricia Resick, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University who developed CPT in 1988. CPT, along with prolonged exposure therapy, are the two primary “talk” therapy methods used to treat PTSD.
Staff Sgt. Martin L. Morris waits to be awarded the Purple Heart at Fort Hood, Tuesday, December 19, 2006. Nicole Fruge/ San Antonio Express-News
There was a time when Sean Brack would encounter a sticky floor and be transported back to war. He would peel his foot up from the floor of a movie theater, and it would remind him of standing in a pool of blood, and walking through that blood to get to a wounded friend.

The flashbacks happened in 2010, when Brack thought of killing himself. After three tours to Iraq, Brack, a sergeant first class, had problems sleeping, isolated himself, and was on his way to becoming an alcoholic, he recalled. He was due to deploy to Afghanistan with the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade from Fort Hood.

Then, Brack, 47, entered part of what would become a series of studies at Fort Hood on a type of therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, called cognitive processing therapy.

Studies have been done on CPT’s effectiveness on civilians and veterans, but a paper published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry included results of the largest study on the treatment’s effectiveness on active duty soldiers to date.

Over the course of 12 sessions at Fort Hood, nearly half of active duty soldiers in one-on-one therapy and 40 percent in group therapy recovered from PTSD, the study found.
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