Adrian Steinmetz

Hannover Medical School, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: EMDR combines stimuli that evoke divided attention--e.g. eye movements--with exposure to traumatic memories. Our objective was to investigate psycho-physiological correlates of EMDR during treatment sessions. A total of 55 treatment sessions from 10 patients with PTSD was monitored applying impedance cardiography. Onset of every stimulation/exposure period (n=811) was marked and effects within and across stimulation sets on heart rate (HR), heart rate variability (HRV), pre-ejection period (PEP) and respiration rate were examined. At stimulation onsets a sharp increase of HRV and a significant decrease of HR was noticed indicating de-arousal. During ongoing stimulation, PEP and HRV decreased significantly while respiration rate significantly increased, indicating stress-related arousal. However, across entire sessions a significant decrease of psycho-physiological activity was noticed, evidenced by progressively decreasing HR and increasing HRV. These findings suggest that EMDR is associated with patterns of autonomic activity associated with substantial psycho-physiological de-arousal over time.
    Journal of Anxiety Disorders 02/2008; 22(7):1264-71. DOI:10.1016/j.janxdis.2008.01.007 · 2.96 Impact Factor

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40 Citations
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  • 2008
    • Hannover Medical School
      • Clinic for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy
      Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany