The need for a clinical treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sits at the forefront of research in the psychiatric community. With its emergence as a defined disorder, rather than a label of “extreme trauma” or “shellshock,” PTSD exists as one of the more difficult psychiatric disorders to treat successfully. Although several treatments are available at the clinical level, the success rate for curing the PTSD patient remains small and pervasive. In recent years, mental health providers, through numerous studies and related experiments, concluded that PTSD patients respond most favorably to a multi-layered treatment process. With the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), drug therapy, group-based therapy and other
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In an effort to modify group therapy techniques for the specifics of PTSD patients, Robertson, Rushton, Batrim, Moore & Morris (2007) used an IPT model to make group therapy more appropriate at the interpersonal level. This trial focused on creating a group atmosphere where patients felt comfortable enough to create interpersonal bonds. PTSD patients suffer from alienation as a symptom of the disorder, so in creating an environment of trust the group could more freely express what they thought and felt in relation to their stress trauma.
Data were collected from a group of 13 subjects with DSM-IV-defined PTSD with presentation of symptoms of at least one year in duration. The intent of the methodology was to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. The program duration was 8 weeks with a three month follow-up. The subjects were between 18 and 75 years in age and gave informed consent for membership in the group. Therapists followed a specific methodology as prescribed by a prepared treatment manual. Sessions were videotaped and reviewed for clinical integrity and adherence to the prescribed program. Subjects continued taking prescribed psychotropic medications throughout the course of the program. Each subject submitted to clinical diagnostic tests for PTSD in pre-, post, and follow-up sessions. The tests included