Neurophysiological observations on impaired processing: Some things we can learn about PSTD & EMDR from sleep disorder conditions such as sleep apnea and limb movement of sleep disorder

Description

EMDR has developed on a theoretical background of information processing. What do we know about the structure and functioning of the processing parts of the brain, or “the processor?” In this talk I will bring together information from the research studies of Harvard neurophysiologist Robert Stickgold, the MRI studies of Ruth Lanius, and my own co-morbidity studies of PTSD, which show a very high co-morbid sleep disorder association. EMDR practitioners in UK and Europe may be unfamiliar with sleep disorder medicine, and this presentation aims to introduce them to this realm of interest. I will explain why sleep disorders render people vulnerable to developing PTSD; and why EMDR will help resolve PTSD; and why sometimes the sleep disorder problem needs to be recognized and addressed in its own right. Instruction on how to screen for significant sleep disorders and how to recognize them and distinguish them from sleep disturbance will be given. I will discuss recent and ongoing studies of limb movement disorder of sleep, which often seems to contribute to vulnerability to adjustment disorder and PTS symptoms. The ecological neatness of EMDR will be apparent, and difficulties in achieving results in chronic PTSD will be understandable and seen as remediable. The direction of possible future research efforts in this area will be discussed.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Robert Oxlade

Original Work Citation

Oxlade, R. (2008, June). Neurophysiological observations on impaired processing: Some things we can learn about PSTD & EMDR from sleep disorder conditions such as sleep apnea and limb movement of sleep disorder. Presentation at the 9th EMDR Europe Association Conference, London, England

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“Neurophysiological observations on impaired processing: Some things we can learn about PSTD & EMDR from sleep disorder conditions such as sleep apnea and limb movement of sleep disorder,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed January 22, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/18255.

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