When you've been traumatized, whether it be in military service, or because you have
survived experiences of civilian trauma (domestic violence, crime, sexual abuse), it's
common to experience nightmares, flashbacks, irritability, loss of concentration, and
other symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy is an evidence-based treatment with a high rate of success
in alleviating symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It was developed by Dr. Edna
Foa, the Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.  It involves

"discussing frightening thoughts, breathing retraining, confronting safe situations,
and/or by revisiting and recounting painful memories in order to process them and
reduce their emotional impact."
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I was lucky enough to be trained in Prolonged Exposure Treatment by Dr. Foa herself.  
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about this treatment, how it works,
and whether it may be helpful to you.
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1.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (n.d.)  Retrieved July 13th, 2013 from
http://www.med.upenn.edu/ctsa/ptsd_treatment_ctsa.html
Click the link below for printable information on PTSD, offered here with
the kind permission of Kim T. Meuser and Shirley M. Glynn from their
book, Behavioral Family Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders.

Facts about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Journeys Mental Health, LLC
Counseling and Hypnotherapy
Keith Young, LCPC, CH
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Bangor, Maine 04401
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