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Doctor-Assisted Suicide Cannot Be an Answer for Trauma Victims

May 13, 2016

(TIME) – If that doesn’t make me, a trauma psychologist, want to scream or cry, I don’t know what would. Treatment is hopeless? Who says that to their patients? And why should people stand for such cynicism from their health-care providers? Recovery from such severe trauma is not easy, but telling someone it’s not possible? Well, at minimum, that’s just untrue. The evidence from dozens and dozens of randomized clinical trials strongly suggests that there are several psychotherapies that can significantly reduce PTSD symptoms, if not eradicate the disorder altogether.

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