April 10th, 2013
People sometimes privately express in a diary thoughts that they don’t feel comfortable sharing with others. But does this process actually contribute to healing? A recent study led by Gail Ironson, MD, PhD, from the University of Miami, investigated whether a written trauma disclosure intervention would be effective with populations of HIV infected individuals. Dr. Ironson and her colleagues suspected that writing about trauma could reduce PTSD symptoms and depression. To test this hypothesis, they screened HIV positive individuals, recruiting 244 participants between the ages of 18 and 70. At the baseline visit, all participants received a questionnaire and interview….