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Early cognitive therapy offers hope for young with PTSD


The research is posted as Cognitive Therapy for PTSD. On reading the published abstract it's actually Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy that is offered, in that there is lots of Cognitive restructuring etc, but also, there are what have been noted as Behavioural Experiments. My point is that, be it youngsters or adults, attitude change follows behaviour change, it's not the other way around, and it's only when new behaviours are rehearsed and repeated (perhaps following reasoning sessions) that change is established and sustained. Even if Behavioural Experimentation, as part of treatment takes place outside of session, I would still label and promote this as CBT-PTSD, rather than how the research is described (promoted) as CT- PTSD. Why on earth the term Behavioural Psychotherapy (which is a mixture of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy) is played down in preference to the less clear term Cognitive Therapy (which implies conversation and thinking experimentation only) is beyond me. From a Nursing point if view, this is important, as Nurses are ideally placed to incorporate the promotion of Behavioural Experimentation and Cognitive Restructuring into the everyday care/therapeutic planned activity of their young patients, especially if they are being treated also for others conditions, but showing also, some of the PTSD signals, as described in the research article.

Posted date

29 March, 2017

Posted time

10:25 am