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 123 85
Generalized anxiety disorder 25 27
Major depressive disorder 24 25
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder 11 8
Support mental / emotional health 11 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
Severe 10
Moderate 14
Mild 14
None 63

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

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 6
Flashbacks 5
Nightmares 4
Overwhelming emotions 4
Irritability 3
Anxious mood 2

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Dosages

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

Dosage Patients
weekly 8
90 min weekly 3
monthly 3
120 min monthly 2
30 min weekly 2
50 min yearly 1
60 min yearly 1
10 min monthly 1
30 min monthly 1
60 min monthly 1

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

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Reason Patients
Felt finished with this treatment 24
Other 21
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 17
Expense 13
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 7
Found another therapist or program I preferred 6
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 6
Doctor's advice 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
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
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 3

Stopped going to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 71
Usually 12
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 26
$100-199 20
$50-99 7
$25-49 7
< $25 14
Not specified 27
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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