EMDR in the treatment of depression


Severe depression is one of the most common mental disorders and affects between 5-15% of the general population in their lifetime. Although many psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic interventions exist that are considered to be effective in depression, the treatment is less than satisfactory. High relapse rates (ranging at 50% after two years), unsatisfactory remissions and suicidal risks are among the major problems. Initial studies have shown that EMDR also seems to be an effective intervention in depression. Our study group has done research on the subject since 2007 and has published two controlled pilots studies that show the potential of EMDR in depression. A multicenter RCT study (EDEN) has been finalized in 2016. The EMDR treatment protocol used in our studies with depressive patients, DeprEnd will be explained and discussed as well as illustrated with practical case experiences.






Michael Hase

Original Work Citation

Hase, M. (2017, June). EMDR in the treatment of depression. Presentation at the 18th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Barcelona, Spain




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