Empirical Status of Psychodynamic Treatment for PTSD

According to the practice guidelines from the International Society of Traumatic Stress, "only a few empirical investigations with randomized designs, controlled variables, and validated outcome measures have been reported" (Kudler et al., 2000b, p. 339). However, numerous case studies have been published that establish the utility of psychodynamic treatment methods. It is suggested that before considering the use psychodynamic-oriented psychotherapy for PTSD, certain patient characteristics should be taken into consideration, including frustration tolerance, tolerance for strong emotions, psychological mindedness, intact reality testing, an ability to form and maintain relationships, impulse control, and an ability to sustain employment.

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