How to use the EMDR DeprEnd protocol
Dr. Arne Hofmann and Dr. Maria Lehnung
12th May 2021 0845am start – 1230pm finish
Severe depression is one of the most common mental disorders and affects between 15-20 % of the general population in their lifetimes. Although many interventions exist, the treatment results are often less than satisfactory. High relapse rates (ranging at 50% after two years), unsatisfactory remissions and suicidal risks are among the major problems.
A growing number of studies shows that stressful life events play a major role also in depressive disorders. Therefore, EMDR comes more and more into focus as a new intervention tool in the treatment of depressive disorders. In the last 10 years our study group has contributed to the 10 randomised controlled studies that show that EMDR is at least equal to CBT treatment in depression (equivalence) but seems to result in more complete remissions. EMDR may therefore be a great contribution to the treatment of depression and also lead to a decreased risk of relapses.