Psychodynamic group treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans.

Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, CA.
International Journal of Group Psychotherapy (Impact Factor: 0.44). 05/1992; 42(2):225-46.
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ABSTRACT Exposure to combat frequently imparts a sense of aloneness, guilt, and helplessness. These and other intrapsychic and interpersonal issues need to be addressed in treating Vietnam veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Group therapy is proposed as a core treatment modality for dealing with these problems. A model is proposed in which patients are treated for 1 year or more in weekly groups that meet for 16-week sequential segments. Clinical guidelines are made explicit to new members by the co-therapists. Discussion topics deal not only with traumatic experiences related to combat, but also with important pre- and postwar issues that are relevant to the symptoms of PTSD. Timely integration and working through of these issues in the group is critical.

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