Emerging interventions for PTSD: future directions for clinical care and research

Neuropharmacology. 2012 Feb;62(2):607-16. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2011.05.028. Epub 2011 Jun 12.


Efficacious therapeutic approaches for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are needed given the significant psychosocial and physical impairment associated with the disorder (e.g., Hidalgo and Davidson, 2000; Jaycox and Foa, 1999; Stein et al., 2000). Although variations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) effectively treat PTSD, non-response rates and dropout rates remain relatively high (Bradley et al., 2005; Schottenbauer et al., 2008). Thus, treatment outcome research is needed to improve the effectiveness of existing protocols, particularly within specific populations, develop new approaches for treating individuals who cannot access or do not benefit from traditional treatments, and evaluate the types of treatment that may be effective for particular individuals. The present review provides an overview of emerging treatment approaches for PTSD that attempt to address these remaining issues in the treatment outcome literature. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder'.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Psychotherapy / trends
  • Remote Consultation / methods
  • Remote Consultation / trends
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome