EMDR has become one of the most researched and validated treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and many other disorders since Dr. Francine Shapiro’s first study in 1989 with victims of rape, molestation and Vietnam veterans. For more about EMDR research visit http://emdr.com/general-information/research-overview.html.
EMDR has now been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association (2004), the US Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress.
Dr. Daniel Amen, author of NY Times Best Seller, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (1998); and Healing the Hardware of the Soul (2002), recommends EMDR in his clinics and says “EMDR is a brain treatment that actually changes the Brain function”. Dr. Amen uses SPECT scans (below) to show how EMDR changes the brain of a person with PTSD.
Dr. Bessel VanDerKolk, Director of Trauma Research at Harvard University, used PET scans to map brain activity during traumatic flashbacks and during EMDR processing (1996). His research showed that the left side of the brain, where logical processing normally takes place, is inactive during a flashback. At the same time, parts of the emotional right brain are overactive, causing troubling body sensations and emotional over-reaction. EMDR appears to help patients use both the right and left brain, uniting reason and intellect, to get traumas unstuck and clear of emotional baggage and related physical sensations.
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