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  • 0 NP0024 The Latest Advances in Trauma Treatment: New Perspectives on PTSDReshaping the Trauma Narrative with Donald Meichenbaum 08.30.2012 13:16
    Absolutely fantastic! Wow. Thank you so very much--this presentation will help me in my work with veterans (where I often feel like I need a whip and a chair) as well as in supporting my long-held "gut feeling" that "forcing" the narrative with rigid, rushed exposure techniques is a really unhelpful way to work with patients. Good for you Don for showing VA wonks what it really takes to do the hardest psychological work to date. I look forward to your book, and will plan on attending one of your workshops. Biiig HUGS! Colleen Crary, Fearless Nation PTSD Support
  • 0 NETWORKER EXCHANGEThe Decline of Big Pharma and the Rediscovering of Psychotherapy 12.21.2010 15:09
    As a person with C-PTSD (which was undiagnosed properly for over 2 decades)and an M.A. in Forensic Psychology (perhaps one day I will be a therapist, not sure atm) I believe that meds can be helpful *FOR THE SHORT TERM*. For example, in getting a patient settled and focused enough so that "talk therapy" (not a total fan of CBT) can be effective. But meds should be used _sparingly_ and _for short lengths of time_.

    The withdrawal from Cymbalta and Xanax and some of the others after long-term use can be extremely daunting. And I am quite dismayed at the heavy-handed use of meds by the military and some psychiatrists, particularly in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Some of the people in my organization are on chemical cocktails so heavy (5+ medications) that they have trouble functioning--and I cannot see how CBT or any type of therapy is helping them when they are doped up, overweight, and overmedicated.

    So, short term, in order to enhance and expedite talk therapy is great. Long term and heavy doses--no.

    Thank you for this forum,
    Colleen M. Crary, M.A.
    Fearless Nation PTSD Support

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