Treatment of nightmares in the context of posttraumatic stress disorder
Version of Record online: 23 SEP 2010
© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Special Issue: Sleep Disturbances
Volume 66, Issue 11, pages 1185–1194, November 2010
How to Cite
Gehrman, P. R. and Harb, G. C. (2010), Treatment of nightmares in the context of posttraumatic stress disorder. J. Clin. Psychol., 66: 1185–1194. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20730
- Issue online: 14 OCT 2010
- Version of Record online: 23 SEP 2010
- cognitive–behavioral therapy;
- imagery rehearsal
Nightmares are a common feature of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are frequently resistant to treatment. Two emerging treatments for nightmares are pharmacotherapy with prazosin and psychotherapy using imagery rehearsal (IR). A case illustration demonstrates the application of these treatments with a client suffering from chronic, severe PTSD. The case illustrates the use of these strategies for managing PTSD-related nightmares, as well as the novel approach of scheduled awakenings following relapse. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol: In Session 66:1–10, 2010.