Blog: PTSD and Self-Assessment
PTSD often has co-occurring functional problems including mood disturbance, general anxiety, social isolation, negative thought patterns, and high vulnerability to stress. Clinicians can use Flexible CBT to complement specialized PTSD treatment, in effect, to fill in the gaps.
Self-Assessment is a key concept that can really help patients suffering from PTSD. Self-assessment is a cognitive skill of structured self awareness to identify patterns (see the online training MODULE 1, page 30, and MODULE 3, pages 30-35). When a person knows his patterns, he is more likely to identify triggers and be proactive. And the best way to be proactive is to know skills to use when encountering high risk situations or even after being triggered.
I like to put it in plain language for my patients: “self-assessment is a set of skills to help you do more of what works for you, and do less of what doesn’t work for you.”
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Posted by Ed on Dec 27, 2010