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J Anxiety Disord. 2004;18(3):357-69.

Cognitive-behavioral treatment of tortured asylum seekers: a case study.

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Section of Trauma Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Division of Psychological Medicine, University of London, 38 Carver Road, London SE24 9LT, UK.


The present study examined results of cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) in a 22-year-old, male, tortured asylum-seeker living in Sweden. The patient received 16 sessions of CBT involving mainly self-exposure to trauma-related cues. Clinical measures (assessor- and self-rated) were completed at pre-treatment, weeks 6, 8, 12, and 16, post-treatment and at follow-up (1-, 3-, and 6-month). Treatment led to significant improvement across all measures of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. The improvement was maintained at 6-month follow-up. The results suggest that CBT could be useful in treating tortured asylum-seekers and refugees despite the additional stressors experienced by asylum-seekers and refugees.

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