Preliminary evidence for the efficacy of EMDR in treating generalized anxiety disorder

Description

This preliminary study sought to evaluate the potential effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment modality for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Using a singlecase design with multiple baselines across four subjects, the effectiveness of 15 EMDR sessions was evaluated. Results indicate that subsequent to targeting the experiential contributors to GAD and the current and anticipated situations that caused excessive worry, the scores of anxiety and of excessive worry dropped to levels below diagnostic threshold and in two cases to full remission of GAD symptoms. At both posttreatment and at 2 months follow-up, all four participants no longer presented with GAD diagnosis. In addition, time-series analyses (ARMA) indicate statistically significant improvement on both daily measures of worry and anxiety over the course of the EMDR treatment.

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Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Philippe Gauvreau
Stephane Bouchard

Original Work Citation

Gauvreau, P., & Bouchard, S. (2008). Preliminary evidence for the efficacy of EMDR in treating generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 2(1), 26-40. doi:10.1891/1933-3196.2.1.26

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Citation

“Preliminary evidence for the efficacy of EMDR in treating generalized anxiety disorder,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 21, 2018, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/17679.

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