Journal article

Treatment of acute stress disorder - A randomized controlled trial

Richard A Bryant, Julie Mastrodomenico, Kim L Felmingham, Sally Hopwood, Lucy Kenny, Eva Kandris, Catherine Cahill, Mariz Creamer

ARCHIVES OF GENERAL PSYCHIATRY | AMER MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2008

Abstract

CONTEXT: Recent trauma survivors with acute stress disorder (ASD) are likely to subsequently develop chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cognitive behavioral therapy for ASD may prevent PTSD, but trauma survivors may not tolerate exposure-based therapy in the acute phase. There is a need to compare nonexposure therapy techniques with prolonged exposure for ASD. OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of exposure therapy or trauma-focused cognitive restructuring in preventing chronic PTSD relative to a wait-list control group. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A randomized controlled trial of civilians who experienced trauma and who met the diagnostic criteria for ASD (N = 90) seen at..

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