Milestone Three

Milestone Three

Southern New Hampshire University

PSY540- Cognitive Psychology

Problem Statement

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is disorder that happens after a person has been exposed or comes in contact with an incident that has changed their life drastically. Individuals with PTSD typically have damaging effects on the ways they view life and the ability to keep important relationships (Johnson, 2017). My focus area is memory and it relates my selected theories because … Memories of traumatic events are decreasing everyday due to lack of appropriate treatment options. Some people may suppress their memories because it protects them from recalling the event(). This crisis in the mental health field requires innovative solutions. PTSD patients are on the verge of mentally breaking down if we do not find ways for them to let out their trauma focused memories. Action is needed if we want these individuals to remain the positive people they have been and be able to live a healthy meaningful life. There have been several methods to treat memory in the mental health setting, but I would like to explore further into personalized treatment based on the event they endured or which stage of PTSD they are in.


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Rauch, S. A. M., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2016). Innovations in exposure therapy for PTSD treatment. Practice Innovations, 1(3), 189-196.

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