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'Better' PTSD treatment

Rochester, N.Y.Edward Harmon knows a thing or two about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

It is different issues from anxiety to depression to fear, to resentment, to anger, to confusion, despair, all combined, said Harmon, a Navy veteran.

Tuesday, Dr. Peter Ziarnowski and several other PTSD experts held a conference at Monroe Community Hospital to explain what are known as evidence based treatment options for PTSD to area social workers.

These are the kind of treatments where you need a little extra training, explained Ziarnowski.

The two main treatments were Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Avoidance.

When trauma occurs, people can have distorted views of why and what their role was in it, said Ziarnowski.

Cognitive processing tries to find out how a person looks at or what their beliefs are about a trauma, added Ziarnowski.

It helps veterans correct the misconceptions and changes the way they feel about them.

The second therapy is based around the idea of confronting fears.

You have to allow yourself to experience them to connect the emotions that you've shut down with those experiences, said Ziarnowski.

The effort is part of a renewed focus by the Department of Veterans Affairs to bolster treatment of veterans coping with PTSD.

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Washington Times