This article reviews the clinical practice guideline for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with focus on the extensive data supporting the use of exposure therapy (ET) for the treatment of PTSD. We review the use of ET to reduce PTSD as well as depression, anxiety, and related issues. In addition, we review the effective use of ET with complicated patient presentations. Finally, we describe the Veterans Health Administration training program for prolonged ET, one type of ET. ET is a first-line treatment for veterans and others with PTSD.
Volume 49 Number 5, 2012
Pages 679 — 688
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