Cortisol pre and posttreatment with EMDR or prolonged imaginal exposure in PTSD assault survivors

Description

Psychobiological treatment of PTSD: This symposium will examine four CBT treatment studies with regard to biological markers. The questions here are whether pretreatment psychobiology or physiological responding can be used to predict treatment outcome, or whether they themselves change as a result of effective treatment. 

Cortisol pre and posttreatment with EMDR or prolonged imaginal exposure in PTSD assault survivors: Many studies have noted increased cortisol production in trauma survivors with PTSD, but it is not clear whether effective treatment alters these responses. As part of a larger study, 60 female sexual assault survivors with PTSD began one of two types of cognitivebehavioral treatment (Prolonged Exposure (PE) or EMDR). Each treatment consisted of nine sessions. Sessions 1 and 2 included information gathering, trauma education, and therapy preparation. Sessions 3 through 9 consisted of processing traumatic memories and emotions via either imaginal exposure or EMDR.To examine potential cortisol changes over the course of treatment, salivary cortisol samples were collected at three time points during treatment. A baseline sample was taken at session 1, a second sample was taken at the start of the treatment portion of therapy (session 3), and a third sample was taken at the end of treatment (session 9). Of the original sample of 60 participants, 50 women completed treatment, and ten dropped out. Cortisol responses will be examined in treatment responders and non-responders as well as in treatment completers vs. treatment dropouts.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Patricia Resick
Candice Monson
Michael Griffin
Barbara Rothbaum
Ann Rasmusson
Arieh Shalev

Original Work Citation

Resick, P., Monson, C., Griffin, M., Rothbaum, B., Rasmusson, A., & Shalev, A. (2006, November). Cortisol pre and posttreatment with EMDR or prolonged imaginal exposure in PTSD assault survivors. In Psychobiology and Treatment of PTSD. Symposium conducted at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 22nd Annual Meeting, Hollywood, CA

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Citation

“Cortisol pre and posttreatment with EMDR or prolonged imaginal exposure in PTSD assault survivors,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 26, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/18999.

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