Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Case Study
Death of loved one has put MS. HG in post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which incapacitates her physical, emotional, cognitive functioning for last three months after the traumatic loss. Present research was conducted to find out the either cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) was useful for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Standardized assessment tools and clinical interview intake were used for assessment. Depression anxiety stress scale (DASS) and post traumatic stress symptoms Interview scale (PSSI) were used for establishing pre-post treatment measurement. Patient has severe level of PTSD before treatment, and after treatment her symptoms reduce to moderate level, and were fully remitted at one-month follow-up session after receiving trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy. Trauma focused CBT techniques trauma narration and cognitive reprocessing techniques found effectual in treating symptoms of trauma (nightmares, excessive worry, irritability, inability to experience positive emotion, negative cognition about trauma). While behavioral activation helped client in improving interpersonal relationship and overall mental health.
(1) Department of Clinical Psychology, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Islamabad.
(2) Department of Clinical Psychology, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Islamabad.
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