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Potential of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder

McGuire, T.M., Lee, C.W. and Drummond, P.D. (2014) Potential of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 7 . pp. 273-283.

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Abstract

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to attract both empirical and clinical interest due to its complex symptom profile and the underlying processes involved. Recently, research attention has been focused on the types of memory processes involved in PTSD and hypothesized neurobiological processes. Complicating this exploration, and the treatment of PTSD, are underlying comorbid disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Treatment of PTSD has undergone further reviews with the introduction of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR has been empirically demonstrated to be as efficacious as other specific PTSD treatments, such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. There is emerging evidence that there are different processes underlying these two types of trauma treatment and some evidence that EMDR might have an efficiency advantage. Current research and understanding regarding the processes of EMDR and the future direction of EMDR is presented.n

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Dovepress
Copyright: The Authors
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Notes: This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/23933
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