Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Perspective on the role of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

By Olalekan A. Ogunsakin.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an extreme form of anxiety disorder following a traumatic event or experience with psychological affectation. It is a global psychosocial health issue facing people of all ages. It is also a source of concern for the families of the clients, their communities, and all the stakeholders involved in the management of this disorder. With more prevalence among women (10%) than men (4%), PTSD is of immense economic importance to the government, affected communities, and clients’ families. In the military establishment in the United States, PTSD is a prominent feature among veterans who have returned home from long military postings and rotations overseas. The estimated two-year costs of treatment for combat-related PTSD are between $1.54 billion and $2.69 billion for the over 2 million troops involved in combat missions between 2001 and 2010. Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) models are some of the psychosocial approaches that have been utilized with some degree of success in the management of PTSD. This paper highlights the importance of SFBT in helping clients move towards the preferred future by concentrating on the present and focusing on their strengths and reachable goals. SFBT makes use of miracle questions, exception questions, coping questions, scaling questions, time-outs, problem-free talk, accolades, and tasks to identify the resources available to the client and aid their recovery from PTSD. Though there are some documented limitations, this form of intervention has been used by mental health professionals, with some successes in PTSD management.

Keywords: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Disaster, Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Grief, Anxiety Disorder, Psychological Affectation, Traumatic, Mental Health

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3-4, May 2015, pp.17-33. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 587.371KB).

Dr. Olalekan A. Ogunsakin

PhD Candidate, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA