ANXIETY SENSITIVITY AND
ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR
Empirically supported psychosocial treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) all entail some form of trauma-related exposure therapy (TRE). Although TRE tends to be effective, it is not effective for all PTSD sufferers. New developments in trauma treatment are needed to address this problem. This is especially important given that PTSD is a severe, prevalent, and often chronic disorder (APA, 2000). In this book there are a number of important suggestions for improving treatment outcome, such as reducing trauma-related anger, augmenting treatment with virtual reality interventions, and improving social support (Cahill, Rauch, Hembree, & Foa, 2002; Rothbaum, Ruef, Litz, Han, & Hodges, 2002: Tarrier & Humphreys, 2002).
In this chapter I would like to suggest another approach, which had some similarities to that taken by Falsetti et al. (chapter 3), but differs in its target population, conceptual basis, and treatment ingredients. Unlike the work by Falsetti and colleagues, we were interested in improving treatment outcome for PTSD sufferers in general, whereas Falsetti et al.
The work reported in this chapter was supported in part by grants from the British Columbia
Health Research Foundation.