Wednesday, December 1, 2021

#1 Rumor About PTSD that is Not True


Hi this is Virginia with the Soldier's Guide to PTSD and I want to talk to you today about rumors about PTSD that are absolutely not true and just screw with your head.

"PTSD has no cure." This is the #1 rumor I hear from Veterans and even other clinicians. 

Add to this, "I'll always have PTSD and I'll never get better." 

This is such a widely held belief that many folks give up before getting started. The truth is that there are three evidence-based treatments for PTSD that are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs at the time I am writing this: prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy, and EMDR. They've all been proven to work for most people.

It's important to use an evidence-based treatment for PTSD because evidence-based treatments are based on peer-reviewed, scientific evidence. This means that researchers conduct studies using scientific methods, document the research in peer reviewed scientific journals, and then other researchers conduct additional scientific studies to see if the treatment is, in fact, successful.

This is a lot like how drugs are tested by the FDA. Double-blind, randomized trials over a very long period with lots of scrutiny. When a therapy method is recognized as an evidence-based treatment, it's a big deal.

There are folks who are labeled as "treatment resistant," meaning that these three evidence-based treatments haven't worked for them. For this, researchers have found alternative treatments, like these MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and faith-based treatments. 

The bottom line is it evidence-based treatments work most of the time for most people and it doesn't matter how you feel because that's science

Hear this. Nothing and no one can convince you something is true if you strongly believe it is not. That's science, too.

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