Handbook for posttraumatic stress disorder: Evidence-based treatment and relapse prevention

Marie Wargo (2006)

Recovery models are finding their place in more mental health treatments, including the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). An important component of successful effective reduction and elimination of the symptoms involves the client/consumer being as fully informed about their conditions and the treatments that have been effective for most people with similar symptoms. Over the past five years, there has been a focus on evidence-based research establishing what is effective treatment for PTSD. Additionally, prevention of the return of the recurring symptoms has helped clients with many of the struggles that are associated with PTSD. The chronic, polymorphic, long lasting nature of PTSD includes a multiple range of symptoms that themselves can be identified as diagnosable disorders. These symptoms tend to reoccur or return throughout life even after a period when they were diminished or eliminated. This phenomenon of reoccurrence led to the current view that relapse prevention treatment protocols are an important component in the treatment. Some of these protocols are supported by evidence based on specific research criteria and are especially important given the vulnerability to affective, impulsive, and compulsive disorders that frequently occur with PTSD. A reference guide providing details about the most successfully applied evidence-based treatments and relapse prevention protocols offers consumers and their clinicians a guide for working with the complex and changing needs of the stage treatment of PTSD.