Amygdala volumetric change following psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder

Description

The authors investigated the impact of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and prolonged exposure (PE) on the volumes of the amygdala and hippocampus, structures known to be important in fear conditioning, in 20 patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Patients were randomly allocated to either EMDR or PE. Volumes were assessed before and after treatment via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Both groups showed significant improvements in PTSD symptoms. Left amygdala mean volume increased significantly following EMDR treatment only. No significant volumetric changes were found for the hippocampus.

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English

Author(s)

Jonathan Laugharne
Claire Kullack
Christopher W. Lee
Tracy McGuire
Simone Brockman
Peter D. Drummond
Sergio Starkstein

Original Work Citation

Laugharne, J., Kullack, C., Lee, C. W., McGuire, T., Brockman, S., Drummond, P. D., & Starkstein, S. (2016, June). Amygdala volumetric change following psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.16010006

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Citation

“Amygdala volumetric change following psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed April 11, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/23928.

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