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Clin Psychol Rev. 2009 Dec;29(8):715-26. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2009.09.001. Epub 2009 Sep 10.

Emerging treatments for PTSD.

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  • 1Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA.


Recent innovations in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research have identified new treatments with significant potential, as well as novel enhancements to empirically-validated treatments. This paper reviews emerging psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic interventions for the treatment of PTSD. It examines the evidence for a range of interventions, from social and family-based treatments to technological-based treatments. It describes recent findings regarding novel pharmacologic approaches including propranolol, ketamine, prazosin, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Special emphasis is given to the description of virtual reality and D-cycloserine as enhancements to prolonged exposure therapy.

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