PTSD Treatment works : take the step towards recovery

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health concern that some people develop after going through or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. But treatment can help. Learn the steps you or a loved one can take to get on the road to recovery. 

Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners

There are several effective treatments for PTSD. This quick guide can help you work with Veterans with PTSD to choose an effective treatment option.


Individual, manualized trauma-focused psychotherapy over other pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions for the primary treatment of PTSD. The best evidence is for Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Primary care providers : PTSD treatment start with you

Primary Care Providers have an important role in treating Veterans with PTSD. Know the facts and use this as a quick guide to recommend the most effective treatment options when caring for Veterans with PTSD.

Mental health providers : help veterans choose effective PTSD treatments

There are several effective treatments for PTSD. This quick guide can help you work with Veterans with PTSD to choose an effective option.

Distinct Trauma Types in Military Service Members Seeking Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

We examined the frequency of trauma types reported in a cohort of service members seeking treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and compared symptom profiles between types. In this observational study, 999 service members (9.2% women; Mage = 32.91 years; 55.6% White) were evaluated using a standardized assessment procedure to determine eligibility for clinical trials. Participants were evaluated for DSM-IV-TR-defined PTSD using the PTSD Symptom Scale–Interview; all participants reported a Criterion A event.

Progress and promise for the MDMA drug development program

Pharmacotherapy is often used to target symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but does not provide definitive treatment, and side effects of daily medication are often problematic. Trauma-focused psychotherapies are more likely than drug treatment to achieve PTSD remission, but have high dropout rates and ineffective for a large percentage of patients. Therefore, research into drugs that might increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy is a logical avenue of investigation.

Social capital interventions in public health : A systematic review

Despite two decades of research on social capital and health, intervention studies remain scarce. We performed a systematic review on social capital interventions in public health and searched the Pubmed and PsychInfo databases. The majority of interventions we identified focused on individual level change (e.g. encouraging social participation), as opposed to community level change.

Development and evaluation of a web-based capacity building course in the EUR-HUMAN project to support primary health care professionals in the provision of high-quality care for refugees and migrants


The ongoing refugee crisis has revealed the need for enhancing primary health care (PHC) professionals’ skills and training.



The aim was to strengthen PHC professionals in European countries in the provision of high-quality care for refugees and migrants by offering a concise modular training that was based on the needs of the refugees and PHC professionals as shown by prior research in the EUR-HUMAN project.



Case report:The impact of torture on mental health in the narratives of two torture survivors

Key points of interest:


• The effects of NET may be improved by tailor-made or culturally sensitive interventions that address shame, guilt, disgust and cognitions about safety, trust, power, self-esteem, and intimacy.


• Building trust and taking time to pace the therapeutic process is particularly important when treating survivors of torture.






Reducing uncertainty in research : introducing registered reports

On its website, the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) states ‘The Journal shares ESTSS’s mission to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge about traumatic stress’ (European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 2018; So far, this reads like the mission statement of almost every society’s academic journal. However, the EJPT differs from many other journals in how it approaches this goal.