Effective treatments for Complex PTSD related to childhood sexual abuse are needed. This recent article in JAMA Psychiatry reported on a randomised controlled trial that compared DBT-PTSD (a modular treatment based on the principles and methods of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy that integrates trauma-focussed cognitive and exposure-based interventions) with Cognitive Processing Therapy (an established trauma-focussed treatment for PTSD) in treating women with childhood abuse who presented with PTSD and features of Borderline Personality Disorder. The findings showed significant improvements in both groups on the primary outcome of PTSD symptoms (with limited superiority of DBT-PTSD) which support the efficacy of these interventions for Complex PTSD associated with childhood abuse.
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