Cessation of deliberate self harm following eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing: A case report

Derek F McLaughlin, Iain W McGowan, Michael C Paterson, Paul W Millar

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    We present a case report of an eighteen year old female patient presenting with a psychological trauma related complaint. Part of the manifestation of the complaint included acts of self cutting over a number of years. Following two sessions of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing with one of the authors (DM) her self cutting ceased. This is maintained at thirteen months follow up. We conclude that Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing may be an effective treatment option in reducing repeat self harm where traumatic events are noted to be the precursor to deliberate self harm.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    JournalCases Journal
    Issue number177
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2008


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