Prolonged exposure is a specialized treatment developed specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals with PTSD often experience painful memories, intense anxiety, and may avoid situations that remind them of their trauma. While avoidance provides short-term relief, it does not allow for long-term healing. Prolonged exposure helps people process their traumatic experiences and begin to gradually expose themselves to safe activities and situations, so they can start enjoying life again.
Prolonged exposure is:
- A treatment for adults and adolescents
- 85% effective in reducing PTSD symptoms
- Individualized treatment using exposure exercises
- Helpful for decreasing anxiety, fear, and regaining a sense of control