Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological and physical condition that is caused by very frightening or distressing events. It occurs in up to 30% of people who experience traumatic events.

Our PTSD Blogs

iCBT may be an effective treatment for PTSD


André Tomlin explores a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Perinatal mental health difficulties: does the internet have the answer?


Jane Iles summarises a recent systematic review of digital interventions for perinatal mental health, which highlights a mixed bag of heterogeneous studies in this field.

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Bariatric surgery can help improve depression, says new meta-analysis


Emily Stapley reports on a new JAMA meta-analysis, which finds that mental illnesses such as depression and binge eating disorder are common among patients seeking and undergoing bariatric surgery.

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Is exposure necessary to treat PTSD?


Rachel Brand appraises an RCT of interpersonal psychotherapy for PTSD, which asks if exposure to trauma related memories or cues is necessary for the patient to be treated effectively.

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Experience sampling and ecological momentary assessment for studying anxiety disorders


Alan Underwood publishes his debut Mental Elf blog on a narrative review of experience sampling and ecological momentary assessment for studying the lives of people with anxiety disorders.

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Trauma-focused psychotherapies for PTSD in people with experiences of psychosis: A change in the status quo?


Clinical Psychologist and Researcher Rachel Brand publishes her debut blog on a recent RCT of Prolonged Esposure vs Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing vs Waiting List for patients with PTSD and psychosis.

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Pharmacotherapy for PTSD: an update on the evidence finds some efficacy but small effect sizes


Patrick Kennedy-Williams summarises a recent systematic review of pharmacotherapy for PTSD, which compares antidepressants with placebo for post-traumatic stress disorder. [Please note: this blog was amended on 7/5/15].

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Psychotherapy for UK military veterans: demographics and clinical outcomes


Mark Smith reports on a study of psychotherapy for UK military veterans, using an IAPT service, which focuses on the demographic characteristics and clinical outcomes of early service leavers and veterans.

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Mental health therapy for refugee and asylum seeking children: a small evidence base for a big problem

Refugee child

Laurence Palfreyman considers the very small and mixed evidence base of mental health interventions for refugee and asylum seeking children presented in a well conducted systematic review from last year.

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Alcohol misuse and PTSD comorbidity: a significant problem lacking solutions


Current NICE guidelines state that PTSD should not be dealt with unless alcohol dependence is first treated. Paul Christiansen summarises a systematic review of the comorbidity between PTSD and alcohol misuse and wonders where the guidance leaves patients and professionals.

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