By teaching those with PTSD to manage the stress and pain associated with the disorder's recurring horrors and disturbances, Edna Foa , MD has earned a spot on Time magazine’s top 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Foa was chosen for her work in developing prolonged exposure therapy, which asks patients to identify the thoughts and situations that trigger the most fear and then gently exposes patients to those triggers. The US military is currently employing this therapy on a large scale to help emotionally wounded soldiers.
Foa, who is Director of the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has had a long career in the field of anxiety and PTSD. She chaired the OCD and PTSD work groups for DSM-IV and has written numerous books and articles, including “PTSD: Treatment Efficacy and Future Directions” for Psychiatric Times.
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