Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been shown to be effectively treated using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). A recent study has now shown that such improvements obtained via CBT can last years. The study followed up 126 female sexual assault victims five to ten years post treatment with either Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE). All of the participants had been diagnosed with PTSD before treatment and when assessed an average of six years later 80% no longer had PTSD and almost 90% had experienced a significant drop in symptoms reported. These findings suggest that PTSD does not need to be a chronic disorder.
If you have been the victim of crime in Victoria, such as a sexual assault, and have suffered a traumatic injury, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, contact Victims of Crime Counselling & Compensation Services on 1800 000 055 for assistance.