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Due to the long-lasting and resistant symptoms characteristic of chronic combat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), its treatment is complex and often requires a tailored therapeutic approach incorporating both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. A multimodal approach of psychoeducative, sociotherapeutic, and dynamically oriented trauma-focused groups is described. We assessed the short- and long-term effectiveness of this therapeutic program by monitoring its impact on PTSD symptoms, depression, neurotic symptoms, coping skills, and quality of life for three years. The findings revealed short-term reduction in the symptoms of PTSD and depression, while the long-term results were manifested as the increased use of all coping mechanisms and a greater level of obsession.

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Dolores Britvić, Dubravka Glučina, Vesna Antičevič, Vesna Kekez, Branka Lapenda, Varja Đogaš, Goran Dodig, Ivan Urlić, Iva Moro, Tanja Frančišković. Long-term improvement in coping skills following multimodal treatment in war veterans with chronic PTSD. International journal of group psychotherapy. 2012 Jul;62(3):418-35

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PMID: 22676788

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