Deescalation, it seems, is no longer an option for many people with PTSD.
On Thursday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it would allow people with the mental illness to have a diagnosis for their disorder, and will no longer require a specific clinical diagnosis for a condition that can be treated with CBT and other treatment options.
“The decision to allow a diagnosis of PTSD is the result of a review of our existing research and guidance, which included extensive conversations with experts in the field and with individuals with PTSD,” Dr. Nancy Krumholz, the NIH’s chief medical officer, wrote in a press release announcing the new definition.
“This new standard will make it easier for people with these debilitating symptoms to access treatment.”
Krumholt added that the NIH had received over 500 responses from individuals with symptoms of PTSD, and would be issuing a new update in the coming months.
“I would like to thank all those who have contributed their expertise and expertise to the NIH,” Krumhulz wrote.
“The new definition of PTSD will provide the best possible resources for individuals seeking treatment, while ensuring that the treatment of PTSD remains affordable and accessible to all Americans.”
According to the report, more than 1.3 million people with symptoms related to PTSD were treated at a U.S. VA hospital last year, with treatment rates falling in the low tens of thousands.
The number of people with a specific diagnosis of the disorder fell from 1.4 million to 1.2 million between 2016 and 2020.
As a result of this, the VA has begun to focus on treating people with chronic conditions like depression and anxiety, and is working to develop new treatment options that will improve the overall outcomes for patients.