In For Some Troops, Powerful Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results (New York Times, 2/13/11), it is stated that the Army and Navy “tried to expand talk therapy programs — one of which, exposure therapy, is considered by some experts to be the only proven treatment for P.T.S.D.” We submitted a letter to the editor that corrects this information. Our letter said: “In fact, exposure therapy is not the only proven treatment. The clinical practice guidelines (October, 2010) of the VA and Department of Defense recommend four therapies, exposure therapy plus Cognitive Processing Therapy, Stress management therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is especially helpful for military personnel who often face multiple traumatic events during a tour of duty, because EMDR treatment allows for more than one memory or emotion to be addressed. In addition, since EMDR utilizes no homework to achieve its effects, it may be particularly suitable for frontline alleviation of symptoms.”
We urge EMDR clinicians and their military and veteran clients to respond to the article by sharing favorable results of EMDR treatment. If this article is reprinted in other newspapers, we encourage you to send a letter to the editor.
EMDR is consistently proven to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD. We hope more people will end their suffering by seeking this psychotherapy approach. Trained EMDR clinicians can be found at www.emdria.org.
Scott Blech, CAE
EMDR International Association