PTSD is part of the American lexicon thanks to a cadre of iconoclastic Vietnam Veteran during the late 1970’s. Readers wanting a more complete history are referred to David Morris’s biography of PTSD http://www.theevilhours.com/David_Morris___The_Evil_Hours___Home.html . Today’s Washington Post article reminds us of the immense denial and avoidance of ‘invisible’ or ‘psychoneurotic’ injuries sustained by millions after WWII.
We have made great gains in understanding and addressing PTSD but we have not yet ‘beaten’ it. PTSD remains a vexing problem that is treatable and does improve when clients are guided by realistic, highly trained clinicians who have a broad grasp of what works and what hurts. There are no shortcuts- quack techniques appear almost weekly. Even ‘evidence-based’ techniques have been improperly applied causing injury as articulated by the Mr. Morris, then denied by a scholar reviewing his book in a national newspaper. However, I am hoping the situation will soon improve. Several recent research articles review what works and what doesn’t. The quick takeaway is that ‘interpersonal’ approaches are fundamental. I do believe we may be approaching a new zeitgeist- one where clinicians and clients will work together to transcend this timeless and ubiquitous injury. I will comment more completely in later blogs. In the interim enjoy: