Is EMDR effective? Evidence Based?

"The most reasonabIe conclusion to be drawn from the extant literature is that EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is no more effective than standard treatments (such as cognitive behavioral therapy) that rely on exposure to anxiety-provoking stimuli and is almost certainly effective because it happens to incorporate such exposure. In the words of Harvard psychologist Richard McNally, "What is effective in EMDR is not new, and what is new is not effective." Importantly, controlled data do not support the use of EMDR for anxiety disorders other than PTSD (e.g., phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder), mood disorders, sexual disorders, eating disorders, or psychotic disorders, although it is commonly used to treat the symptoms of these and other conditions." (Click for complete article from quackwatch.com)

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