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Prolonged exposure therapy: past, present, and future

Foa, Edna B.

Depression and Anxiety, December 2011, Vol.28(12), pp.1043-1047 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Prolonged exposure therapy: past, present, and future
  • Author/Creator: Foa, Edna B.
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Prolonged Exposure Therapy ; Treatment Effectiveness ; Cognitive Processes ; PTSD ; Commentary
  • Is Part Of: Depression and Anxiety, December 2011, Vol.28(12), pp.1043-1047
  • Description: This article focuses on prolonged exposure therapy (PE), a treatment program developed specifically for PTSD. It is important to note, however, that PE has its roots in the long tradition of exposure therapy for anxiety disorders, and in the conceptualization of these disorders and their treatment within emotional processing theory (EPT). Therefore, the author first discusses briefly how EPT views the psychopathology underlying anxiety disorders and the mechanisms that are involved in exposure therapy for these disorders. She then describes how EPT explains the psychopathology of PTSD and how PE addresses this psychopathology. Next, she describes the treatment program and summarizes the empirical literature that supports its efficacy and effectiveness. Finally, she discusses novel ways of using exposure therapy for PTSD. [Adapted from Text]
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1091-4269 ; E-ISSN: 1520-6394 ; DOI: 10.1002/da.20907