Posted 8 August 2019 in JOTS Highlights by Kitty Wu, Ph.D., Patrick Leung, Ph.D., & Corine Wong, Ph.D.
TE is common and there is cross-national variation in prevalence. In the World Mental Health Survey (WMHS) (Kessler et al., 2017) with a combined sample of 68,894 adults across six continents, findings showed that the highest TE prevalence estimates among high income countries was USA (83%); for all countries combined was 70%; 31% were exposed to four or more.
Posted 1 July 2019 in JOTS Highlights by Carmen McLean PhD & Lily Brown PhD
Guilt is commonly reported by trauma survivors and has been linked to greater posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) severity (e.g., Bryan et al., 2015). As such, understanding how guilt impacts PTSD recovery has been of significant interest to clinicians and researchers. Indeed, there has been debate about whether prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is as effective for those with high guilt, with some suggesting that imaginal exposure to trauma memories is either unhelpful (e.g., Grunert, Weis, Smucker, & Christianson, 2007) or potentially iatrogenic (e.g., Pitman et al., 1991).
Posted 1 July 2019 in JOTS Highlights by Jonathan I. Bisson DM FRCPsych
The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) produced the first guidelines for the prevention and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2000 (Foa et al., 2000) and updated these in 2009 (Foa et al., 2009). This paper describes the development of the recently published third version of the ISTSS Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of PTSD recommendations and position papers on complex PTSD in November 2018 (ISTSS, 2018).