4 Breakthroughs about PTSD Treatment You Didn’t Know About as Told By Guest Lecturer Connie Studgeon

There have been new discoveries regarding the origin of flashback in the brain. (Guest Lecturer, Connie Studgeon)

According to Connie, researchers have reasons to believe that the same side of the brain that flashbacks occur on also host symptoms from psychosis, like hallucinations, delusions, etc. With this discovery, anti-psychotic medications like Abilify can be used to help manage PTSD in veterans.

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Technology has helped to advance outpatient treatment for veterans who experience PTSD. (Guest Lecturer, Connie Studgeon)
According to Connie, there are apps that are help victims of PTSD with many different activities like recognizing triggers and controlling breathing.

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Exposure therapy is an option, but maybe only in an inpatient setting. (Guest Lecturer, Connie Studgeon)

According to Connie, Exposure therapy is when a qualified therapist exposes the patient to something that would be triggering. This can help alleviate a lot of the pain triggers can cause, but it should be done in an in patient setting in case the veteran is triggered and needs a safe space or additional support.

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Marriage and Family Counseling is an important part of services offered by Vet centers for military families (Guest Lecturer, Connie Studgeon)

According to Connie, families sometimes experience a secondary PTSD from not being able to understand their returning loved one. This can cause family tension and even lead to divorces in couples. Because of this, marriage and family counseling can be extremely beneficial to everyone.

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