In the newly released International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) guidelines, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy was given a strong recommendation for the treatment of PTSD in adults and children. Studies suggest that if you are suffering from traumatic incidents, early intervention can help reduce the symptoms and prevent development of PTSD. EMDR is a powerful tool that can be used to process difficult memories from recent incidents or chronic trauma. The technique is useful in treating different kinds of abuse and neglect. Symptom reduction can be noticed even with a single reprocessing session in many instances. Current evidence suggests it is important to target interventions to the population at risk with higher symptoms for greatest treatment efficacy, given that these people are most likely to develop PTSD. There is a strong body of literature suggesting the efficacy of EMDR for those experiencing clinically significant PTSD symptoms or those who have developed early PTSD (within three months of trauma exposure).
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