It’s tough to keep up with the “latest and greatest” interventions for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It seems like there’s constantly a new “breakthrough” that never fully delivers. As a scientist-practitioner, I don’t pay much attention until I see a strong research base. So until recently, I’ve all but ignored claims that psychedelic drugs (MDMA, psilocybin, etc.) could bolster recovery from PTSD. However, it’s tough to ignore the successes reported in a recent Phase 3 trial.
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Based on clinical experience, training and supervision, and findings from the literature, Dr. Rogers explores various issues related to the diagnosis of and diagnosing PTSD in this blog. During this month devoted to awareness of PTSD, it is appropriate to take time focus on the diagnosis and the practice of diagnosing PTSD.
Over the past year, psychotherapy has undergone a revolution inspired by the widespread availability of digital technology. It was not long ago that psychotherapy was considered an intimate face-to-face connection between two people, unassisted by external apparatuses. Even with the increased popularity and accessibility of telemental health, some reservation remains regarding the role of technology in psychotherapy.
Over the years I’ve worked with a variety of patients and learned a few lessons along the way about efficiency… especially when it comes to the use of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies (EBPs). As a graduate student, I had very little exposure to EBPs and I was thoroughly immersed in existential and client-centered therapy. As I entered the military for my internship year I had my first introduction to protocol-based treatment and I was very skeptical. That year and the subsequent years have been transformative in the way I approach my patients' problems.
You have probably heard of motivational interviewing (MI), a therapeutic approach to working with patients who are considering making a behavior change. Initially developed with alcohol use disorders, it has spread to other types of behavior change, including health-related behaviors. The goals is to help patients generate change from within, arguably making it more lasting.