EMDR as a treatment approach of PTSD complicated by comorbid psychiatric, somatic, and cognitive disorders: A case report of an older woman with a borderline and avoidant personality disorder

Description

Traumatic life events can result in severe psychiatric conditions among which posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most prevalent. Due to high comorbidity with other psychiatric diagnoses, PTSD treatment is challenging. In older adults, the presentation of PTSD symptoms is especially complicated because of even higher comorbidity, higher rates with other mental disorders, and cognitive and somatic conditions. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based treatment for trauma in younger adults. There is limited empirical research on the treatment effects of EMDR in older adults. Moreover, the impact of successful EMDR treatment on the comorbid disorders, especially personality and cognitive dysfunctions, is unclear. In this case report, EMDR treatment effects for late-onset PTSD with comorbid borderline and avoidant personality disorders, as well as cognitive disorders and multiple somatic problems, will be presented in an older woman.

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Journal

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English

Author(s)

Ellen M. J. Gielkens
Sjacko Sobczak
Gina Rossi
Erlene Rosowsky
S. J. P. van Alphen

Original Work Citation

Gielkens, E. M. J., Sobczak, S., Rossi, G., Rosowsky, E., & van Alphen, S. J. P. (2018). EMDR as a treatment approach of PTSD complicated by comorbid psychiatric, somatic, and cognitive disorders: A case report of an older woman with a borderline and avoidant personality disorder. Clinical Case Studies. doi:10.1177/1534650118790413

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Citation

“EMDR as a treatment approach of PTSD complicated by comorbid psychiatric, somatic, and cognitive disorders: A case report of an older woman with a borderline and avoidant personality disorder,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed September 25, 2018, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/25463.

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