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New Intensive Therapies Available to Treat Combat PTSD

Giddy

June 1, 2023

Citing recent research led by Dr. Alan Peterson and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, this Giddy article describes what PTSD is, how common it is, and how intensive treatment with Prolonged Exposure therapy can help lead to recovery.

Podcast #26: Racial Stress and Trauma

PTSD Bytes, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

May 9, 2023

Everyone responds to racism differently, and reactions can include anxiety, depression, and even PTSD. STRONG STAR collaborator Dr. Brittany Hall-Clark discusses racial stress and trauma and shares how to heal from trauma while living in a world where racism still exists. Learn about different types of treatment for race-based stress, and tools to empower you to cope.

Insomnia, Sleep Apnea. When Is It Time to Talk to A Doctor?

Chronic: Life With Never-Ending Pain

April 25, 2023

On this episode of ‘Chronic’, we talk about all things sleep with sleep expert Vincent Mysliwiec. Mysliwiec is a professor of research and the director of sleep medicine at the STRONG STAR research unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. His expertise is with sleep disorders experienced by those in the military. We talk about ways to combat insomnia and sleep apnea, painsomnia and the importance of quality sleep.

Patricia Resick Co-Authors Book on Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

Duke University School of Medicine

April 14, 2023

Congratulations to STRONG STAR collaborators and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) experts Patricia Resick, PhD (therapy developer), Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, and Stefanie LoSavio on their new book that aims to make front-line PTSD treatment available and accessible to all who need it. They recently published “Getting Unstuck from PTSD: Using Cognitive Processing Therapy to Guide Your Recovery,” the first self-help workbook for CPT, a leading, evidence-based treatment for civilians and military/veterans with PTSD. Learn more and access the publisher’s website in this news release by Duke University School of Medicine.

More gun control, no energy drinks: Military suicides are down, but experts say it’s not enough

San Antonio Express-News

April 6, 2023

STRONG STAR Director Alan Peterson, PhD, and other experts are quoted in this article reporting on a recent decline in military suicide numbers.

Suicide rates among veterans are 1.5 times higher than the general population

Texas Public Radio - The Source

January 19, 2023

STRONG STAR Director Dr. Alan Peterson joined host David Martin Davies on Texas Public Radio’s “The Source” to talk about veterans mental health issues, including the higher suicide rates among this population. As a hopeful part of the discussion, Dr. Peterson explained recent study findings by the consortium showing a major advancement in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a signature psychological wound of war. Listen to the audio of that show here.

Study: Combat veterans can overcome PTSD in three weeks with intensive treatment

Texas Public Radio

January 19, 2023

Military reporter Carson Frame with Texas Public Radio reports on our consortium’s research findings that are a big step in combat-related-PTSD treatment.

Two Short-Term Exposure Therapies Linked to PTSD Reductions

Medscape

January 11, 2023

Medscape reporter Eve Bender looks at Consortium to Alleviate PTSD study findings evaluating two condensed, outpatient formats of delivering Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy to service members and veterans with PTSD, one with full-time PE delivered daily for three weeks, and one in a similar format with eight therapeutic enhancements. Both formats led to clinically meaningful symptom improvement in about two-thirds of study participants and long-term remission of PTSD diagnosis in more than half.

Major headway made in treating combat-related PTSD

KSAT-12 News

January 10, 2023

KSAT-12 News reporter Leigh Waldman interviews UT Health San Antonio investigators about Consortium to Alleviate PTSD study findings that show major strides in quickly and effectively treating combat-related PTSD.

Treatment for combat-related PTSD advances with method shown to be fast, effective

UT Health San Antonio News Release

January 6, 2023

Consortium to Alleviate PTSD researchers report in JAMA Network Open that treatment for combat-related PTSD, which affects hundreds of thousands of U.S. military personnel and veterans, can be both fast and effective for a majority of patients. Their study showed clinically significant reductions in PTSD symptoms in over 60 percent of patients and long-term remission of diagnosis in more than 50 percent after three weeks of outpatient Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy. Study participants similarly showed significant improvements in related disability and daily functioning.

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