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Treatment of PTSD by Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Improves Sleep Quality, Quality of life, and Perception of Stress


Address for correspondence: Dr. Deborah Suchecki, Ph.D., Department of Psychobiology–Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Rua Napoleão de Barros, 925, Vila Clementino, São Paulo–SP 04024-002, Brazil. Voice: 55-11-2149-0159; fax: 55-11-5572-5092.


Abstract: The impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the sleep of patients is widely reported. However, the parameters that can be altered are not the same for all patients. Some studies report an impairment of sleep maintenance and recurrent nightmares, while others failed to find such alterations. Among the many treatments, the eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy used specifically to treat PTSD and general trauma. The purpose of this study was to examine whether EMDR treatment can improve PTSD symptoms, such as sleep, depression, anxiety, and poor quality of life.