Finding New Strength Against PTSD

Prolong Exposure Therapy is proving to be an effective treatment against PTSD.

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By Adrianne Grubic
Population Health Scholar
University of Texas System
Ph.D. Student, School of Journalism
UT Austin Moody College of Communication The University of Texas at Austin


Retired Army Colonel Don Gagliano, MD, knew something wasn't right after he came home from Iraq, where he had served as Medical Commander of the 30th Brigade. It took him a long time to seek treatment for PTSD. When he finally did, his doctor recommended Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), a cognitive-behavioral therapy shown to alleviate PTSD and its symptoms by helping patients confront traumatic memories they have been trying to avoid.

This short documentary explores Gagliano’s journey as well as the work of the researchers and clinicians at UT Health San Antonio who have helped Gagliano and others confront the psychological wounds of war.