Exposure therapy helps ease PTSD symptoms in teenage rape victims

12/25/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Researchers looked at 61 teen girls in Philadelphia who were raped or sexually abused, and found that 83% of those in therapy which included repeatedly talking about their trauma and participating in activities that reminded them of the trauma no longer had a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis after 14 weeks of treatment. This type of treatment, called prolonged exposure therapy, allows patients to "get used to thinking and talking about the memory and realizing that it was in the past, that it's not in the present anymore," lead author Edna Foa reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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