What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?

Category: Psychotherapy

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic technique involving exposure and cognitive components along with relaxation and eye movement. It is commonly used for treatment of PTSD. It is also used in grief therapy, smoking cessation, depression and dealing with addictions.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Post-traumatic stress disorder 1871 81
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder 130 19
Generalized anxiety disorder 34 28
Major depressive disorder 30 21
Support mental / emotional health 15 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 16
Mild 23
None 61

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 7
Flashbacks 7
Nightmares 5
Dissociation 3
Irritability 3
Overwhelming emotions 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Dosage Patients Percentage
weekly 3
unspecified 2
100 min monthly 1
60 min weekly 1
90 min weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Felt finished with this treatment 25
Other 23
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 18
Expense 11
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 7
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 6
Change in health plan coverage 5
Doctor's advice 5
Found another therapist or program I preferred 5
I didn't have enough time 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
No convenient appointments available 1
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Duration

Currently going to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped going to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 80
Usually 12
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 19
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 26
$100-199 15
$50-99 7
$25-49 8
< $25 14
Not specified 41
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3 patient evaluations for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Jun 1, 2010 (Started Feb 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 45 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I recommend this treatment for people who really need it. It helped me consentrate more and be able to fight the thoughts and depression.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 24, 2008 (Started Oct 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Weekly
Advice & Tips: frankly, it's too early to tell. we won't be embarking on any of the traumatic areas until early december. however, it has worked in returning some of the energy and interest in creativity that i had years ago. unfortunately, i've had a hellstorm in the last two weeks, so i have gotten bogged down a bit - but i have used some of those new reserves to get me through.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 31, 2005 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 45 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Helped me make unexpected spiritual connections that have been useful since.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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