The effectiveness of an intensive EMDR treatment program for PTSD and its effect on comorbid disorders
Research has shown that intensive, brief formats of exposure therapy and cognitive (behavioural) therapy for PTSD are well tolerated and effective. This pilot study examined the effectiveness of an intensive EMDR treatment program for PTSD, comorbid disorders and its effect on the level of psychological distress. Patients (n = 7) were hospitalised for five days, during which they received EMDR sessions twice a day, except for the first day on which they had one EMDR session. One week after the hospitalisation they received a follow-up EMDR session. PTSD symptoms were assessed with the CAPS-5 and the PCL-5. The MINI was used to assess comorbid disorders and psychological distress was assessed with the BSI. The CAPS-5, the PCL-5, the MINI and the BSI were administered before the treatment and two weeks after the hospitalisation. The PCL-5 was also administered at hospitalisation day one, hospitalisation day 5 and after the follow-up EMDR session, to monitor treatment progress. The results of this study show that the treatment program reduces all PTSD symptoms. On the PCL-5, patients report significantly less avoidance and arousal symptoms. The treatment also has an effect on comorbid depressive, anxiety and substance use disorders and it significantly reduces overall psychological distress, anxiety, hostility and psychoticism. This pilot study shows that an intensive EMDR treatment program can be an effective treatment for PTSD and comorbid disorders, but more research is needed.
Original Work Citation
Collee, T. M. (2017). The effectiveness of an intensive EMDR treatment program for PTSD and its effect on comorbid disorders. (Masters Thesis, Leiden University)
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