Treating posttraumatic stress disorder with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy: A preliminary meta-analysis and comparison to prolonged exposure therapy
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BXCL501 may be evaluated for use as an adjunct therapeutic before, during or after exposure therapy
('ET'), a gold standard therapy for PTSD, for treatment of ASUD patients comorbid with PTSD or TBI.
The author explains how to conduct exposure therapy
with children and adolescents ages five to 18 who are experiencing anxiety.
The study suggests an improvement to exposure therapy
, the current gold standard for PTSD treatment and anxiety reduction which helps people gradually approach their trauma-related memories and feelings by confronting those memories in a safe setting, away from the actual threat.
Published in December in The Lancet Psychiatry, the study compared transcendental meditation against prolonged exposure therapy
and PTSD health education among 200 veterans with a current diagnosis of PTSD.
Traditionally, exposure therapy
has been used to treat fear, phobias, and anxiety, he said.
Among 200 people with a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder following active military service, those taught how to meditate experienced a greater reduction in symptoms than those treated with exposure therapy
or health education.
is widely used and can be quite effective for some people with claustrophobia.
(45) COPE involves 12, 90-minute sessions that integrate relapse prevention with prolonged exposure therapy
. The veteran who received the therapy reported reduced alcohol use throughout treatment, scored in the nonclinical range for PTSD at the end of treatment, and maintained treatment gains at a 3-month follow-up.
Some examples include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps people recognize and change unhealthy thought patterns, and exposure therapy
, which helps PTSD sufferers safely confront the events or conditions that triggered the disorder.
This type of treatment, known as exposure therapy
, allows people to face their traumas, phobias and anxieties by gradually exposing them to the feared stimulus.
Moreover, it makes exposure therapy
easier for patients who have had VRT first, making them easier to convince to try the same scenario in real life.