Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Practice Guidelines (2019)

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

This is a quick summary of the guidelines without analysis or commentary. For more information, go directly to the guidelines by clicking the link in the reference.

September 03, 2019

Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder were published in 2019 by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).[1]

Children and Adolescents

Early psychosocial intervention

Cognitive behavioral therapy with a trauma focus (CBT-T) is recommended within the first three months of a traumatic event for the treatment of clinically relevant post-traumatic stress symptoms in children and adolescents.

Psychological treatment

CBT-T (caregiver and child), CBT-T (child), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are recommended for the treatment of children and adolescents with clinically relevant post-traumatic stress symptoms.

Adults

Early psychosocial intervention

CBT-T, cognitive therapy, and EMDR are recommended within the first three months of a traumatic event for the treatment of PTSD symptoms in adults.

Psychological treatment

Cognitive processing therapy, cognitive therapy, EMDR, individual CBT with a trauma focus, and prolonged exposure are recommended for the treatment of adults with PTSD.

CBT without a trauma focus, group CBT with a trauma focus, guided internet-based CBT with a trauma focus, narrative exposure therapy, and present centered therapy are recommended for the treatment of adults with PTSD.

For more Clinical Practice Guidelines, go to Guidelines.

For more information, go to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

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