Pediatric seizure-related posttraumatic stress and anxiety symptoms treated with EMDR: A case series

Description

Purpose: To examine the potential effects of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in children with epilepsy-related posttraumatic stress and/or anxiety symptoms, using a case series design.

Methods: Five children (aged 818) with epilepsy identified for seizure-related posttraumatic stress and/or anxiety symptoms were treated with EMDR. To examine potential treatment effects, posttraumatic stress and anxiety symptoms were assessed (CRTI and SCARED) pre- and post-EMDR and at 3-month follow-up. Normative deviation scores were calculated to examine the severity of seizure-related posttraumatic stress and anxiety symptoms over time. The reliable change index was calculated for pre- to posttreatment change of seizure-related posttraumatic stress and/or anxiety symptoms.

Results: Before EMDR, overall or subscale scores indicated that all children had (sub)clinical seizure-related posttraumatic stress symptoms and/or anxiety symptoms. Directly after EMDR, most children showed significant and/or clinical individual improvement, and these beneficial effects were maintained or reached at follow-up. The mean number of sessions was 2 (range 13, 45 min per session).

Conclusions: In case of seizure-related posttraumatic stress and/or anxiety, this study indicates that EMDR is a potentially successful quick and safe psychological treatment for children with epilepsy.

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Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Elmedina Dautovic
Carlijn de Roos
Yanda van Rood
Agnes Dommerholt
Roos Rodenburg

Original Work Citation

Dautovic, E., de Roos, C., van Rood, Y., Dommweholt, A., & Rodenburg, R. (2016). Pediatric seizure-related posttraumatic stress and anxiety symptoms treated with EMDR: A case series. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 7, 30123. doi:10.3402/ejpt.v7.30123

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Citation

“Pediatric seizure-related posttraumatic stress and anxiety symptoms treated with EMDR: A case series,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 21, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/23990.

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