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How does therapy help with post-traumatic stress disorder?

Talking to a trained therapist is often recommended for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therapy can take one of several forms:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) appears to be the most effective type of therapy for veterans with PTSD. It focuses on relaxation techniques, and on identifying and challenging the thought patterns that lead to flashbacks and other stress symptoms.

Exposure Therapy works on desensitizing you to the triggers that cause you to re-live your trauma. In a controlled, safe environment, trauma memories are confronted to gain control of your fear and stress reactions.

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