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Cognitive therapy effective for children and adolescents with PTSD

Cognitive therapy can be an effective treatment for children and adolescents with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new study results suggest.
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Cognitive therapy can be an effective treatment for children and adolescents with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new study results suggest.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia studied 29 children and adolescents aged eight to 17 years old who had been diagnosed with PTSD after a single-event trauma in the previous two to six months. Participants were randomly allocated to cognitive therapy for PTSD or a waiting list for ten weeks.

The researchers found that 71% of the participants who underwent cognitive therapy were free of PTSD, compared to just 27% of those who were on the waiting list. Greater improvements in rates of depression and anxiety were also seen in the cognitive therapy group, with recovery maintained at six and 12 months post-treatment.

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