Hypothesis of emotional trauma and structural dissociation in idiopathic parkinson’s disease: Treatment by EMDR?
INTRODUCTION: Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) is proposed to be the result of a multifactorial process that causes the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. The first symptoms appear when dopamine is reduced by 80% in the striatum nucleus or when 60% of the negro-striatal neurons have disappeared. This indicates that the cause of PD happens or starts to be active years if not decades before the first symptoms appear. There is evidence from animal and human models that PD has an early pre-symptomatic or masked onset as a result of pre- or perinatal disruption of the neuronal development of the brain and/or by a postnatal traumatic impact very early in life affecting the neurogenesis and/or making the nigro-striatal system vulnerable to subsequent experiences (Diseth, 2005; Le, Chen and Jankovic, 2009). Medical research identifies such (subsequent) traumatic impacts in genetic or environmental factors or following a neurodevelopmental insult by aging alone (Le et al., 2009).
Original Work Citation
Humi, M. P., Godoy-Izquierdo, D., Vazquez, M. L., & Godoy, J. F. (2012, June). Hypothesis of emotional trauma and structural dissociation in idiopathic parkinson's disease: Treatment by EMDR? Poster presented at the 13th EMDR Europe Conference, Madrid, Spain
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