This column will focus on the treatment of health problems with EMDR Therapy...featuring books and articles showing
how EMDR can
ameliorate some health issues, improve outlook on recovery, or help
clients make the best of life when physical problems cause
Read this excellent article in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research by Arabia, Manca and Solomon on "EMDR for Survivors of life threatening Cardiac events: results of a pilot study". It describes the effectiveness of EMDR with the problems of this population.(2011) 5(1). JEMDRA. (2-13).
You can read several articles on the treatment of health problems such as phantom limb pain, medically unexplained symptons, etc. in these JEMDDRA articles:
Here are some additional
EMDR in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Mazzola, A., Calcagno,
M., Goicochea, M. et al. (2009) 3(2). JEMDRA. 66-79
EMDR and Phantom Limb Pain: Theoretical Implications
Case Study and Treatment Guidelines
Schneider, J., Hoffmann, A.,
Rost. C., Shapiro, F., (2007)
JEMDRA. 1(1). 24-30.
EMDR in the Treatment of Medically Unexplained Symptoms
van Rood, YR., de Roos, C., (2009)
EMDR as a Therapeutic Treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Case Report
Hughes, M., (2014) JEMDRA.
EMDR and CBT for Cancer Patients: Comparative Study of Effects on PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression
Capezzani, L. Ostacoli, L.; Cavallo, M.; Carletto, S; Fernandez, I; Solomon, R.; Pagani, M.; Cantelmi, T. (2013) JEMDRA. 7 (3) 134-143.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Sudeck's Dystrophy: EMDR Reprocessing Therapy Applied to the Psychotherapeutic Strategy
Gauvry, S.B.; Lesta, P.; Alonso, Ana L.; Pallia, R. (2013). JEMDRA. 7(3) 167-172.
Case Consultation: Traumatized Pregnant Woman
Forgash, C.; Leeds, A.; Stramrood, C.; Robbins, A. (2013). JEMDRA. 7(1) 45-49.
EMDR Treatment of Migraine. Konuk, ES.; Epözdemir, H.; Hac?ömero?lu Atçeken, ?.; Ayd?n, Yunus E.; Yurtsever, A. (2011) 5(4). JEMDRA. 166-176.
When a PTSD Survivor Becomes Pregnant: Implications For EMDR Treatment
Forgash, C. —
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Enhancing the Health Care Experiences of Adult Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Monahan, K., & Forgash, C. —
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Here is an outstanding article
from the New Yorker Magazine. It graphically explains PTSD's negative effects on health. The Poverty Clinic by Paul Tough
Monisha Sullivan first visited
the Bayview Child Health Center a few days before Christmas, in
2008. Sixteen years old, she was an AfricanAmerican teen-age mother
who had grown up in the poorest and most violent neighborhood in San
Francisco, Bayview-Hunters Point, a bleak collage of warehouses and
one-story publichousing projects in the city’s southeastern corner.
Sullivan arrived at the clinic with ailments that the staff
routinely observed in patients: strep throat, asthma, scabies, and a
weight problem. The clinic’s medical director, Nadine Burke,
examined Sullivan and prescribed the usual remedies—penicillin for
her strep throat, ProAir for her asthma, and permethrin for her
scabies—and at most clinics that would have been the end of the
visit. But Burke, who founded the center in 2007, was having a
crisis of confidence regarding her practice, and Sullivan was the
kind of patient who made her feel particularly uneasy. Burke was
diligently ticking off each box on the inner-city pediatrician’s
checklist, but Sullivan’s problems appeared to transcend mere
physical symptoms. She was depressed and listless, staring at the
floor of the examination room and responding to Burke’s questions in
sullen monosyllables. She hated school, didn’t like her foster
mother, and seemed not to care one way or the other about her
twomonth-old daughter, Sarai.
Burke is charismatic and
friendly, and her palpable concern for her patients disarms even the
toughest cases. It helps that she is dark-skinned, like most of her
patients, and young—just thirty-five. But her childhood was very
different from theirs. The daughter of Jamaican professionals who
moved from Kingston to Silicon Valley when Burke was four, she
attended public school in Palo Alto, where the kids were mostly
white and well-off, and where girls cried in the cafeteria if they
didn’t get the right car for their sixteenth birthday. Like many
children of immigrants, Burke has learned to move fluidly between
cultures. She now lives in a house in an upscale part of Potrero
Hill, a San Francisco neighborhood, with a closet full of designer
clothes, and she has a fiancé who is a wealthy solar-energy
entrepreneur. But she seems just as comfortable among the mostly
poor families she sees in her examination room: laughing, gossiping,
hugging, and scolding, in Spanish as well as in English, in a
full-throated alto that echoes down the hall. ... Click Here to Read More:
New Books on Health/ EMDR
Carvalho, E. (2015). Heal Your Brain: Heal Your Body: How EMDR Therapy Can Heal Your Body by Healing Your Brain (Clinical Strategies in Pyschotherapy). Vol.2. Trauma Clinic Editions
Grant, M. (2009). Pain Control with EMDR: treatment manual
Monahan, K., & Forgash,C. (2012).
Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Physical and Dental Health
Outcomes. In E.A.Kalfoğlu & R.Faikoglu (Eds.), Sexual Abuse –
Breaking the Silence (pp.137-152).Croatia: InTechOpen. Link to
U.(2012). Neurobiological Foundations for EMDR Practice. New York.
On another aspect of EMDR, Colin
Ross has written an article entitled: EMDR IS BASED ON A
TRAUMA-DISSOCIATION MODEL OF MENTAL DISORDERS. He has done an excellent job of showing how EMDR fits very neatly
into the 3 phased trauma model.
Eye movement desensitization and
reprocessing (EMDR) was developed by Francine Shapiro (2001). EMDR
is widely used and is approved as an evidence-based treatment for
posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; see American Psychiatric
Association, 2004; Bisson & Andrew, 2007)).
The professional association
for EMDR in North America is the EMDR International Association
(www.emdria.org) and the primary training institute is the EMDR
Institute (www.emdr.com). Other EMDR organizations include EMDR
Europe (www.emdr-europe.org) and EMDR Iberoamerica
(www.emdriberoamerica.org). The purpose of the present paper is to
argue that EMDR is based on a trauma-dissociation model of mental
disorders. EMDR is useful for a broad range of mental disorders
(Solomon & Shapiro, 2008) because, from the perspective of its
model, many different behaviors and symptoms are suitable targets
for treatment. Shapiro (2001, page 11-13) says that, “positive
therapeutic results with EMDR have been reported with a wide range
of populations, as documented in the following case and controlled
studies.” She then references studies on PTSD, phobias, panic
disorder, grief, chemical dependency and gambling addictions,
performance anxiety, somatoform disorders and personality disorders.
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