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Dev Neurorehabil. 2009 Jun;12(3):170-4. doi: 10.1080/17518420902858975.

Reducing acute stress in a 16-year old using trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.

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Psychosocial Department, Emma Children's Hospital Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. m.b.bronner@amc.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the effects of trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of acute stress in an adolescent.

METHODS:

A combination of TF-CBT and EMDR was provided to a 16-year-old girl with distressing memories, anxiety and flashbacks. For measurement of the efficacy of the treatment package, the Children's Revised Impact of Event Scale (CRIES-13) was used.

RESULTS:

Acute stress reactions decreased considerably after treatment and remained stable. CRIES-13 scores showed substantial reduction in stress scores. The girl reported no more flashbacks of the injury, sleeping difficulties or recurrent and distressing memories.

CONCLUSION:

This case study illustrates the potential efficacy of a combination of TF-CBT and EMDR for patients with acute stress reactions. Future studies should examine the efficacy of this treatment package in a large sample of children.

PMID:
19466626
DOI:
10.1080/17518420902858975
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