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The use of EMDR for psychological trauma

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29 October, 2012

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing
  • What it is and how it can be used
  • How it can help in psychological trauma
  • Case studies where the therapy has been used

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

  • Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing
  • post-traumatic stress
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • psychological therapy

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article describes the use of eye movement desensitisation reprocessing. This therapy was developed in the 1980s and is thought to release and enhance the brain’s adaptive information processing system. This article will be useful to you if you are exploring the range of psychological therapies available, and if you are investigating post-traumatic stress disorder and how it can be treated.

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • How widely used is this technique?
  • What other therapies are available?

 STUDENT NT DECODER

  • Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing: is a relatively new form of psychotherapy. Following a detailed history the therapy encourages the exploration of disturbing and traumatising events while using eye movements.
  • post-traumatic stress disorder: this is a psychological condition triggered by a major traumatic event, such as rape, war experience, accident or violent attack. It is characterised by upsetting memories and thoughts recalling the ordeal, and can cause personality changes such as anger or irritability.
  • Psychotherapy: sometimes referred to as ‘talking therapies’ is when psychological
    problems are treated through communication between an individual and a therapist.

 

 

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