PTSD (December)

Date of Issue: 12/01/2017 | Volume: 15 | Number: 12

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) not only affects your patients, who are veterans and have experienced trauma during wartime. It can also affect patients of all ages, backgrounds, and occupations. In this issue, we give an update on medications used for PTSD, and what you need to know about the newer diagnosis of complex PTSD.

In This Issue


Note From the Editor-in-Chief

Topics: PTSD

My goal in publishing TCPR is to help you think differently about your clinical practice, hopefully to enhance your effectiveness as a healer. After editing this month’s issue on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I think I’ve achieved that goal in my own practice.

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Update on Medications for PTSD

Topics: Psychopharmacology | PTSD

Every five years or so, we do an update on PTSD treatments; the most recent was our August 2011 issue of TCPR, in which we declared that psychotherapy was the gold standard for treatment.

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Expert Q&A

Assessing Complex PTSD

Topics: Free Articles | PTSD

The first thing that I would say is that complex PTSD can sometimes be harder to spot and diagnose, because when we’re looking for symptoms of conventional PTSD, we’re often looking for that first criterion: Has there been a single event that your patient would consider traumatic?

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Research Update

Transcranial Direct-Current Stimul­ation: Not Ready for Prime Time Yet

Topics: Brain Devices | Research Update

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was approved by the FDA in 2009 for the treatment of major depression, but TMS is costly and has so far produced only mixed results.

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Research Update

Can Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Affect Symptom Outcomes in Older Adults?

Topics: Anxiety Disorder | Research Update

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a formalized combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga. The technique has been shown to help with symptoms of depression and anxiety, and some preliminary small studies have hinted that it might improve both memory and anxiety/depressive symptoms in older patients.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - PTSD, TCPR, December 2017

Topics: CME Post-Test

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 1 CME credit.

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