1 out of 13 Americans will develop PTSD at some point in life. And while about 354 million adult war survivors suffer from PTSD around the globe, the mental condition isn’t isolated to one type of trauma.
Female adolescents and middle-aged adults are particularly prone to developing PTSD, either from sexual assault, serious accidents, physical assault, or a host of other causes.
It is fairly common for PTSD to go hand-in-hand with Substance Use Disorder. When this happens, a dual diagnosis approach addresses both issues simultaneously. This can include cognitive processing therapy, a proven treatment to help patients modify and challenge their beliefs surrounding many types of traumatic events.
What Is Cognitive Processing Therapy?
Cognitive processing therapy is a specific evidence-based model of cognitive behavioral therapy focused on reducing symptoms of PTSD. This form of therapy is typically delivered in 12 sessions over 3 months and helps patients develop a greater understanding of and healthier ways of thinking about a traumatic event they experienced in the past.
The therapy is founded on the principle that PTSD symptoms develop because of a conflict between beliefs the patient had before a traumatic event and the information they retain after the traumatic event occurs. This conflict causes the patient to become “stuck,” which may affect their everyday relationships, work-life, and more.