What is it about?

Behavioral activation is a relatively simple treatment that has been shown to help depressed people improve their mood by planning and following a schedule of enjoyable or satisfying activities. Some researchers have applied this treatment to PTSD. We reviewed these papers to find the average effectiveness of behavioral activation for reducing PTSD symptoms.

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Why is it important?

It appears to be easier and quicker to train new therapists to provide behavioral activation than to train them in more complex treatments. If behavioral activation is effective for PTSD, more therapists can be trained so that treatment for PTSD can be more readily accessible and affordable for patients who might otherwise go without treatment.

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This page is a summary of: Behavioral activation for PTSD: A meta-analysis., Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, March 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/tra0000566.
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