Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Abstract There is increasing awareness surrounding rates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), especially within the youth population. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has shown that it can be an effective therapy choice for youths suffering from PTSD. Although EMDR was originally created used with Adults, it has shown to be efficacious when implemented with youths as well. For the purpose of this paper, the term ‘youth’ can refer to any minor over the age of six. This paper will give an overview of PTSD and its impact on youths, a synopsis of the diagnosis for PTSD as explained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the history, model, treatment, and empirical support of EMDR as a viable treatment option for youths suffering from PTSD. ‘ Using Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing with Youths Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Atle Dyregrov and William Yule discuss the impacts that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is having on the children and youths in our society today. They argue that moderate to severe PTSD symptoms are being experienced by 30%-50% of youth, while another 5% to 10% could be given a diagnosis for PTSD (as cited in La Greca & Prinstein, 2002). According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) (2013), the lifetime risk of qualifying for a PTSD diagnosis by age 75 is 8.7%. The APA states that children and youths have displayed lower statistics of PTSD rates,
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