Recent randomised controlled study published in Psychological Medicine was important for two reasons. First, there is relatively little information available about effective mental health interventions in emergency service personnel. Second, the study compared two exposure-based cognitive behaviour therapy interventions: one with prolonged imaginal exposure (40 minutes), the other with brief imaginal exposure (10 minutes). The findings showed that both CBT interventions were effective in reducing PTSD symptoms and improving other outcomes compared with waitlist.
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