Improving lives: Diagnosis of PTSD and EMDR treatment for people with I/DD
Due to their vulnerability and cognitive functioning, people with intellectual/developmental (I/DD) disabilities experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) more often than the general population. Their symptoms are often undiagnosed, and remain untreated because these individuals are unable to identify and express their experiences and needs. Furthermore, the symptoms of trauma may be misinterpreted as problematic behavior and unnecessary medications prescribed. Many professionals are not aware of the successful use of EMDR with people with I/DD. EMDR is an efficacious treatment for trauma where the standard protocol can be adapted to the intellectual and developmental level of the individual. Not only can EMDR improve the lives of individuals, but may result in the need for less intensive and expensive supports.
Original Work Citation
Ford, G., & Adler-Tapia, R. (2010, November). Improving lives: Diagnosis of PTSD and EMDR treatment for people with I/DD. Plenary presented at the annual NASDDDDS (National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services) Conference, Arlington, VA.
“Improving lives: Diagnosis of PTSD and EMDR treatment for people with I/DD,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed June 14, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/20997.