EMDR applied for traumatic bereavement after train collision


The aim of these exploratory study is to test the application of therapy EMDR in case of traumatic bereavement. The traumatic bereavement, which corresponds to the brutal loss of "other significant", answers a precise clinical picture whose principal characteristics are the intrusive thoughts concerning the late one and of the difficulties of adjustment to the loss (feeling of vacuum, difficulties of recognizing the death, irritability, lack of reactivity, etc.). The 8 participants all of this study are of the took peace on October 12, 2006 in Zoufftgen. The subjects, old on average 35.2 years ( S D = l I . l ) and including 75% women, followed between 8 to 15 meetings (m=10.75, SD = 2.21) answering protocol EMDR The effectiveness of the therapy was evaluated starting from several criteria including traumatic bereavement, anxiety, depression and psychological distress. Five evaluations were carried out: before the therapy (TO), after six meetings (TI), at the end of the therapy (T2), then in three months (T3) and twelve months (T4) after the end of the therapy. The principal results seem to indicate an effectiveness of the therapy EMDR. Indeed, we observe a reduction in all the indicators between the beginning (TO) and the end of the therapy (TI). Moreover, when this reduction does not continue to three and twelve months, it remains, at least, stable at one year. These observations are very encouraging especially when it is known that 10 to 15% of the patients develop a chronic depression.






Cyril Tarquinio

Original Work Citation

Tarquinio, C. (2010, June). EMDR applied for traumatic bereavement after train collision. In Accident victims. Symposium conducted at the 11th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Hamburg, Germany



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