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J Korean Med Sci. 2018 Nov 5;33(48):e306. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2018.33.e306. eCollection 2018 Nov 26.

Add-on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for Adults with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Who Failed to Respond to Initial Antidepressant Pharmacotherapy.

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1
Workplace Mental Health Institute, Gangbuk Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
2
Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
3
Trauma and Stress Program, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Guri, Korea.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

Antidepressants; Drug Therapy; EMDR; PTSD

PMID:
30473650
PMCID:
PMC6249165
DOI:
10.3346/jkms.2018.33.e306
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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