Couples Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Couples Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

On August 14, Dr. Gary Kaplan appeared on Channel 9’s “Health Alert” segment. He was interviewed about new research on how to help those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by including their spouses or significant others in the therapy sessions.

In addition to reliving the initial trauma, experiencing heightened anxiety, or having disturbed sleep, PTSD sufferers often suffer from other medical problems, such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Combined, these issues can impose an overwhelming burden on a patient’s support network.

Including partners in the treatment program improves communication, leads to more understanding and intimacy between couples, and consequently, helps to sustain stronger, more stable families. This, in turn, supports patients’ recovery from PTSD.

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About the Author:

Gary Kaplan, DO
Gary Kaplan, D.O. is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and serves on the Advisory Committee to Health and Human Services for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To read Dr. Kaplan's complete bio, click here.