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How can eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) help with treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

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With EMDR, you might not have to tell your therapist about your experience. Instead, you concentrate on it while you watch or listen to something they're doing -- maybe moving a hand, flashing a light, or making a sound.

The goal is to be able to think about something positive while you remember your trauma. It takes about 3 months of weekly sessions.

From: What Are the Treatments for PTSD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder."

Cleveland Clinic: "Anxiety Disorders."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Treatment of PTSD," "Clinician's Guide to Medications for PTSD," "Medications for PTSD."

UpToDate: "Pharmacotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults."

Society of Clinical Psychology: "Stress Inoculation Training for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."

Medscape: "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Medication."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder."

Cleveland Clinic: "Anxiety Disorders."

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "Treatment of PTSD," "Clinician's Guide to Medications for PTSD," "Medications for PTSD."

UpToDate: "Pharmacotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults."

Society of Clinical Psychology: "Stress Inoculation Training for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."

Medscape: "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Medication."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 07, 2017

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