EMDR treatment for persistent post concussion symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury: A case study
The majority of people who experience mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) have a healthy recovery, where initial somatic, cognitive, psychological, and behavioral mTBI-related symptoms resolve naturally within hours or days. Unfortunately, a significant minority of people unfortunately develop persistent symptoms referred to as persistent Post Concussion Syndrome (pPCS), often causing severe long-term reduction in wellbeing and daily function. Psychological and neuropsychological treatments are typically limited to antidepressants, psycho-education on mTBI and pPCS, basic neuro-rehabilitative cognitive compensatory strategies, traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or no treatment at all. This paper discusses a single case study which demonstrates how Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy might provide psychological improvement in clients who sustain mTBI who develop pPCS. The case example describes a 57-year-old man who sustained a mTBI from a serious road traffic collision as a pedestrian, and who developed pPCS. Treatment included nine, 1.5-hour EMDR sessions across a 5-month period (1st being an assessment). Measures of psychological symptom change and client feedback were taken at pretreatment, midtreatment, posttreatment, and aftertreatment had ceased to gauge long-term status. Measures were taken at 18-month follow-up and 4-year review (which followed litigation settlement). The novel viability for the application of EMDR for this client group is discussed.
Original Work Citation
Moore, P. S. (2021). EMDR treatment for persistent post concussion symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury: A case study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 15(3). doi:10.1891/EMDR-D-21-00015
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