Assessment of psychophysiological stress reactions during a traumatic reminder in patients treated with EMDR

Description

This study investigates changes of stress-related psychophysiological reactions after treatment with EMDR. 16 patients with PTSD following type I trauma underwent psychometric and psychophysiological assessment during exposure to script-driven imagery before and after EMDR and at 6-month follow-up. Psychophysiological assessment included heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) during a neutral task and during trauma script listening. PTSD symptoms as assessed by questionnaire decreased significantly after treatment and during follow-up in comparison to pretreatment. After EMDR, stress-related HR reactions during trauma script were significantly reduced, while HRV indicating parasympathetic tone increased both during neutral script and during trauma script. These results were maintained during the follow-up assessment. Successful EMDR treatment may be associated with reduced psychophysiological stress reactions and heightened parasympathetic tone.

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Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Martin Sack
Wolfgang Lempa
Friedhelm Lamprecht

Original Work Citation

Sack, M., Lempa, W., & Lamprecht, F. (2007). Assessment of psychophysiological stress reactions during a traumatic reminder in patients treated with EMDR. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 1(1), 15-23. doi:10.1891/1933-3196.1.1.15

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Citation

“Assessment of psychophysiological stress reactions during a traumatic reminder in patients treated with EMDR,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 3, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/15331.

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