Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and EMDR Treatment

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be a debilitating psychological condition that affects many individuals.  It is found that

“1 in 60 adults suffers from OCD” (Kessler et al., 2005).

Shapiro (2001) has developed specialized applications of EMDR for anxiety disorders and phobias.  Researchers are now working on studies that focus specifically on using EMDR with OCD. Preliminary research recently came out in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research regarding using EMDR for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Within this research they found that individuals with:

“long-standing OCD, which had not responded to prior CBT treatment; that improved with the OCD protocols was apparent after only tow or three sessions; and that the results were maintained at 4-6 months follow-up.”

This is good news for individuals that suffer from OCD and the therapists that treat them.  To read the full article, please click the link below.

Source: Journal of EMDR Practice and Research