Exposure therapy helps teen girls with PTSD

Sexually abused adolescent girls with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience better health outcomes from prolonged exposure therapy than supported counselling.

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the six-year study found that girls who were asked to revisit or recall their experiences, thoughts and feelings aloud exhibited a greater decline in levels of PTSD and depression compared with those in supportive counselling.

The improved mental state of girls who underwent exposure therapy was maintained throughout the 12-month period.

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