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Riv Psichiatr. 2012 Mar-Apr;47(2 Suppl):12-5. doi: 10.1708/1071.11733.

[Evaluation study of clinical and neurobiological efficacy of EMDR in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder].

[Article in Italian]

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Dipartimento di Neuroscience, Sezione di Psichiatria, Università di Siena. letizia.bossini@gmail.com

Abstract

Strong evidences support use of EMDR in patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

AIM:

To evaluate clinical and neurobiological-structural efficacy of EMDR on drug-naïve PTSD without comorbidity.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

We made clinical evaluation and hippocampal volume measurement by MRI on 29 subjects suffering from PTSD and on 30 healthy control-subjects. Then, patients were treated with EMDR and after three months of psychotherapy the clinical evaluation and the MRI exam were replied.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION:

Our results demonstrated that the diagnosis of PTSD was no more possible on all the patients who terminated the psychotherapy (n=18). At the same time, all the patients showed an average increase of 6% in hippocampal volumes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our reaserach suggests that EMDR treatment correlates not only with a significant improvement of symptoms of PTSD, but also with a significant increase of hippocampal volumes.

PMID:
22622273
DOI:
10.1708/1071.11733
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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