The relationship between nightmares and PTSD: The possible role of Image Rescripting in the treatment of PTSD

2013Sander Krewinkel

One of the most common and distressing symptoms of PTSD are nightmares, which occur in 50 – 70% of PTSD patients. It is suggested that sleep problems are a core feature of PTSD, and that they form a risk factor in PTSD development. Despite the high prevalence of nightmares and the distress they cause, first-line treatment in PTSD does not focus on sleep. However, evidence suggests that sleep problems usually remain as residual symptoms after PTSD is treated.

Key wordspost-traumatic stress disorder / ptsd / trauma