Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy Yields Quicker Recovery From PTSD

After experiencing an event in which one’s life is in imminent danger and one feels completely helpless, the conditional risk for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is 9% to 14%. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) are efficacious treatments of PTSD, but few studies have directly compared these treatments using well-powered designs, and few have investigated response patterns.

The aim of this study by Nijdam and colleagues was to compare the efficacy and response pattern of brief eclectic psychotherapy (a trauma-focused CBT modality) vs EMDR for treatment of PTSD.

News Author: Deborah Brauser
CME Author: Hien T. Nghiem, MD


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