The Effects Of Eye Movement Reprocessing And Desensitization

1596 WordsOct 19, 20167 Pages
Lone Star College - CyFair The Effects of Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization in Posttraumatic Stress Victims Kaitlyn Schenk PSYC 2301.5012 Laura Renee October 19, 2016 An estimated 5.2 million adults will suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) every year. Every PTSD victim encounters different experiences and symptoms that coincide with their trauma. Many forms of treatment and coping mechanisms have been attempted in the past decade to produce relief. There have been a few successful forms or treatment and there have also been treatment routes that have been detrimental to the success and overcoming of victims’ symptoms. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a new treatment option that is available to PTSD victims. “While the treatment has met with skepticism, meta-analyses have indicated that EMDR is superior to most other treatments and is as effective as the best alternative treatment, i.e., cognitive-behavioral therapy. EMDR is now advocated as a treatment of choice for PTSD in many Western countries” (Van den Hout 177-178). EMDR gives PTSD victims long-lasting relief from their symptoms and ensures them the best chance at regaining normalcy in their lives. There are many reasons that people can acquire forms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and there is an array of symptoms that individuals can suffer from. Some of the most common reasons that people suffer from PTSD are military experiences, both physical
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