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Rogers is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital, nationally recognized for specialty residential treatment programs for eating disorders, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders for children, teens and adults.

Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Chad Wetterneck, PhD, explains Rogers' approach to PTSD treatment

Featured Doctor: Chad Wetterneck, PhD, clinical supervisor, PTSD partial hospitalization program

Wetterneck: There are a number of different ways in which a person could experience trauma. Most people may be familiar with people returning from a war setting and experiencing some sort of trauma due to combat, having a life threatening situation they were in or witnessing other people in a life threatening situation lose their lives. Other types of dramatic incidents can involve anytime someone feels as though their life or well-being is threatened to a great extent. Other common traumas include physical assaults, sexual assaults. Those are fairly common and one of the most common traumas that lead to the development of PTSD. But there are also other traumas that can occur without other people around, so people getting in a car accident or some sort of natural disaster where they feel their life is threatened may go on to develop PTSD as well.

PTSD itself can have a really alienating a fact on people both internally and externally. So people might distance themselves from memories of the event that happened or feelings that are associated with it. That often leads to distancing themselves from others in close relationships they may have. So adding an interpersonal process group to our treatment approach will, as they're getting some symptom reduction, get them back into practice being able to connect with others. We look at it as an added step and that just because you reduce symptoms it may not mean that you are getting back in the practice of some healthy behaviors.

There will be a couple different components of the program. The main part that we'll be trying to work on is trying to reduce any PTSD related symptoms. We're also going to focus on not just mental health, but also physical health. So there will be some physical exercise that included in the program. We'll have a portion of the program devoted to mindfulness, that should be helpful for overall mental health. Most of the program will actually be to reduce symptoms associated with PTSD.

We're going to be providing an environment that's supportive, where there are other people there that have PTSD as well and can provide support to each other. Although we won't be encouraging them to discuss their traumas openly with each other, some of our groups will provide them with an environment where they can feel support from people that have experienced similar things.

Rogers also has a couple of decades of experience now in trying to design specialized programs that target very specific symptoms for very specific disorders and has been successful in that manner. I really feel like the infrastructure is set-up to provide a supportive environment for this program to be successful as well. I think some unique aspects of the program also be our ability to deal other conditions are often occur with PTSD. We have a lot of expertise in other areas of mental health including depression, other anxiety disorders, personality disorders and both alcohol and substance dependence and abuse. We have a lot of professionals here that we can rely on for support in those areas and those are the most common conditions that co-occur or develop after someone has PTSD. I think that added level of support will separate ourselves from other programs that try to treat this condition as well.

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