The NYTIMES and PTSD
To start off your Monday we thought we would send you to a wonderful article that appeared in the NYTimes last week, “The Women’s War” by Sara Corbett. In the article Corbett looks at the psychological dangers women face after serving in a war, namely Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The article quotes Edna Foa and looks to her as an expert in PTSD treatment.
Just last month, The Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of a study sponsored by the V.A., which endorsed the use of ”prolonged exposure therapy” in treating female veterans with PTSD. The process calls for a patient to visit and revisit traumatic memories in order to lessen their power over the mind.
”It becomes an organized story rather than a fragmented story,” says Edna Foa, who directs the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania and is considered a pioneer in trauma treatment. ”They are able to put things together. They find all kinds of new perspectives to look at what happened to them.”
Foa, a professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, has a book with OUP entitled Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences.