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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 52 (2010) 3, 191 - 195

Case report

Imaginal exposure treatment for a post-traumatic stress disorder in a patient with a comorbid psychotic disorder

M. van den Berg, G.J. Hendriks, A. van Minnen

A patient suffering from both post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) and a comorbid schizoaffective disorder was treated with imaginal exposure treatment. After 26 sessions the ptsd symptoms were in full remission. This was still the case at follow-up after 12 and 24 months. Furthermore, the patient was no longer on antipsychotic medication. The case shows that ptsd can be treated successfully even if patients have a psychotic disorder. In view of the severity of both disorders it is at least worth trying imaginal exposure treatment.

keywords imaginal exposure, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotic disorder