PTSD: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a well-documented issue, but now a study is asking if doctors really know how to treat it. According to the Institute of Medicine, which carried out at study of PTSD treatments at the VA's request, flaws lay in the way the treatments were assessed:

"Most studies included in the committee's review were characterized by methodologic limitations, some serious enough to affect confidence in the studies' results. The committee reached a strong consensus that additional high quality research is essential for every treatment modality."

The study comes as the VA seeks to help treat the . Despite the sober findings, doctors did point to the one proven treatment:

"...exposure therapies," where PTSD patients are gradually exposed to sights and sounds that essentially simulate their trauma to help them learn to cope."

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