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The Art and Science of Therapeutic Innovation: Hope for PTSD Sufferers Today and Tomorrow

  • Meg JensenEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Life Writing book series (PSLW)

Abstract

Drawing on the most recent findings in the fields of clinical, behavioral and evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, transcultural psychiatry, “alternative therapy,” and her personal experiences, Jensen provides a jargon-free overview of key developments in the treatment of traumatic disorders. Highlighting the emergence of new psycho-pharmaceuticals designed to target and interfere with pathological neural processes, new age and holistic approaches aimed at “supporting well-being,” technologically enhanced interventions using Virtual Reality visors, brain-activated telecommunications and the like, Jensen compares the evidence base for these interventions and considers their potential future value in the PTSD treatment. Finally, Jensen explores the implications and the therapeutic efficacy of life narrative methodologies of various kinds for treating PTSD, including those that endeavor to make the neural circuitry of the brain “speak out.” These life-telling interventions, Jensen concludes, can enable sufferers to interpret the processes of their traumatized brains and produce a new, resilient mind-story.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kingston UniversityKingston upon ThamesUK

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