Treating mild traumatic brain injury with EMDR


Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (m-TBI) has become one of the major public health problems. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 1.7 million Americans sustain TBI each year. The leading causes of m-TBI are falls, motor vehicle crashes, and sports injuries. The survivors with m-TBI often experience headaches, cervical pain, fatigue, anxiety, stress related physical symptoms and sometimes depression. Researches indicate that m-TBI can cause long lasting negative impact on mental and physical health. The survivors of m-TBI would be benefitted by an effective mode of psychotherapy such as Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a research proven psychotherapeutic intervention that is effective in treating stress, anxiety, depression and psychogenic pain. The emotional, behavioral, and physical impairments associated with m-TBI can be successfully treated with EMDR. Therapeutic efficacy of EMDR is discussed with the clinical treatment of a sample of 3 individuals diagnosed with m-TBI. The interview-based assessments and self-evaluation psychometric scales indicate that EMDR is effective in treating survivors with m-TBI.






Ruwan M. Jayatunge

Original Work Citation

Jayatunge, R. M. (2013, December). Treating mild traumatic brain injury with EMDR. LankaWeb. Retrieved from on 12/18/2013



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