Trauma informed practices are increasingly becoming a cornerstone of treatment, as research and practice continues to uncover new and powerful ways to manage and manage the effects of trauma.
But in a new study from the University of Texas at Austin, researchers found that trauma informed practices (TEPs) have the potential to help patients with PTSD, which affects 1 in 5 people who have been physically or sexually abused.
They’re also used in treatment for PTSD-related anxiety, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The researchers, led by Dr. J.B. Dominguez-Gonzalez, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the UT Austin School of Medicine, said their study was the first to test the effects that TEPs can have on people who’ve been emotionally and physically abused.
Dr. Dillinga said that for people who are at high risk for PTSD, TEPs may be a powerful option for treatment.
“People with PTSD are more likely to experience severe anxiety, depression, fear, and trauma symptoms, which are also linked to other health conditions,” he said.
“The way that TEP therapy can help people reduce the impact of these symptoms is through the use of trauma-informed techniques, which include stress reduction and relaxation techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive restructuring.”
Dr. Dr. D. Durning, an assistant professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health, said TEPs have the power to help people in a variety of ways.
“Many people with PTSD struggle to overcome their trauma, and they need a structured support system that can provide that,” he explained.
“TEPs can be a critical component of that support system.
We hope that this study provides some insight into what we can learn from these methods.”
Dr Durnings study looked at a large cohort of individuals with PTSD and compared the results of their TEPs to the results from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
The study found that participants who completed the trauma informed training were significantly less likely to have symptoms of PTSD or to experience anxiety, compared to participants who had not completed the training.
The results also showed that those who had completed TEPs reported significantly less stress than those who did not, suggesting that they were able to reduce their symptoms and cope with stress.
“While it’s true that PTSD sufferers may have fewer symptoms and fewer triggers, they may also have less time to develop coping strategies for managing stress,” Dr. Draymond said.
“Our research also shows that TEp therapy can be helpful for people at higher risk for depression and anxiety.”
The researchers said their findings could be of interest to other types of mental health professionals, including health care providers, as well as those with trauma histories.
“Teaching people to be more aware of their trauma experiences could be beneficial in treating PTSD,” Dr Durninging said.