PTSD ~ Depression Symptoms Key to Recovery

New research suggests attention to depression symptoms can speed recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a new study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University found that during PTSD treatments, rapid improvements in depression symptoms are associated with better outcomes.

Care for depression is often minimized among those undergoing treatments for PTSD as individuals turn to family and friends to help them through it.

Unfortunately, familial advice often involves the admonition to “toughen up” or “just get over it,” an approach that can have a negative impact and lead to a transient increase in depression.

As reported in a Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology online article, the study is one of the first to demonstrate that depression symptoms can impact progress during PTSD treatment.

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