Expert: Greatest challenge in PTSD recovery is completing therapy

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This mask was designed by an active-duty servicemember during art-therapy sessions at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It is one work from a temporary exhibit of art-therapy masks on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, Md., through September 2016. Matthew Breitbart/National Museum of Health and Medicine
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This mask was designed by an active-duty servicemember during art-therapy sessions at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It is one work from a temporary exhibit of art-therapy masks on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, Md., through September 2016. Matthew Breitbart/National Museum of Health and Medicine

Expert: Greatest challenge in PTSD recovery is completing therapy

by: Wyatt Olson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 12, 2016
 TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii — Standing in front of an auditorium full of healthcare professionals, Dr. Charles Hoge described a handful of emerging strategies for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
But at the end of his presentation, part of an annual health summit Thursday and Friday, Hoge declared that research is needed on to get patients to stick with their therapy.
 
“I think treatment dropouts are still the most critical problem,” said Hoge, a leading expert on PTSD and a senior scientist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland.
 
Trauma-focused therapies, during which patients undergo prolonged exposure to thoughts and memories associated with a traumatic event, are now widely used to treat PTSD in active military, veteran and civilian patients, Hoge said.