EMDR has been used effectively to help
many people heal after troubling life experiences and trauma.
To view SPECT scans by physician Daniel Amen, M.D., showing the calming effect of EMDR on brain function, click here.
For a brief glimpse inside an EMDR therapy session and to hear Dr. Amen interpret the results of pre- and post-EMDR brain scans, click here.
Physician and researcher Bessell van der Kolk, M.D., found that EMDR was more effective than Prozac for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Six months after treatment:
1. Patients who had been treated with EMDR continued to improve, while patients who had been treated with Prozac only and no EMDR lost some of their gains.
2. 57% of the people who had completed EMDR treatment had no more PTSD symptoms, while everyone in the Prozac only group still had some PTSD symptoms.
3. Those who had completed EMDR treatment were significantly less depressed than persons who had been treated with Prozac only.
To review the complete article on Dr. van der Kolk's research in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, click here.
EMDR has been acknowledged by the:
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychological Association
- United States Department of Defense
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- Israeli National Council for Mental Health
- United Kingdom Department of Health
- United Kingdom National Institute for Clinical Excellence
- Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
- Dutch National Steering Committee Guidelines for Mental Health Care
- French National Institute of Health and Medical Research
- International Society for Traumatic Stress
- World Health Organization
For FAQs on EMDR therapy, click here.
For a list of randomized, controlled clinical research studies involving EMDR, click here.
* EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)