Prolonged Exposure (PE) 

When I served as the Associate Director for Research and Education at the Executive Division of the National Center for PTSD, I worked with some of the biggest-hearted and hardworking staff, researchers, and clinicians you would ever want to meet. This organization was developed by, and has trained, the most outstanding experts in the understanding and treatment of PTSD. Although part of the Department of Veterans Administration, the knowledge gained through the efforts of their dedicated staff, researchers, and clinicians that effective treatments have been developed that have improved the lives of survivors of every type of trauma, be it combat, sexual/physical assault, motor vehicle accidents, community violence, or natural disasters. I would like to thank the National Center for PTSD for all the hard work they do to provide a better life for survivors of trauma and the support they gave me during my time there, and the following video that was produced at the Nation Center for PTSD.

"If you have posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD, it’s common to feel like there are places or situations that are unsafe and may seem like the best option is to avoid them, staying away from people or places that feel dangerous or reminders of a traumatic event. As a result, you may develop “I Can’t” rules. “I Can’t” leave the house at night. “I Can’t” trust anyone. “I Can’t” handle crowds. But these rules won’t help you overcome PTSD. So how do you learn to say “I can?” Prolonged Exposure or PE is a treatment for PTSD that helps you do safe things you’ve been avoiding. In PE, you and your therapist will practice exposure, meaning, you’ll work to approach things you’ve steered clear of since the event. You have to challenge your “I Can’t” rules to prove to yourself that you “Can”…"

www.ptsd.va.gov

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