Add-on eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder who failed to respond to initial antidepressant pharmacotherapy

Hwallip Bae, Daeho Kim, Yubin Cho, Dongjoo Kim, Seok Hyeon Kim

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This study examined the add-on efficacy of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy among adult civilians with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who continued to be symptomatic after more than 12 weeks of initial antidepressant treatment. Scores for the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) were rated pre- and post-EMDR and at a 6-month follow-up. After an average of six sessions of EMDR treatment, seven of 14 patients (50%) showed more than a 30% decrease in CAPS score and eight (57%) no longer met the criteria for PTSD. Our results indicate that EMDR could be successfully added after failure of initial pharmacotherapy for PTSD.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere306
JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
Volume33
Issue number48
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018 Nov 1

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Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Antidepressive Agents
Drug Therapy
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Antidepressants
  • Drug therapy
  • EMDR
  • PTSD

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