Originally Posted by philosophe
there is abundant evidence to show that cognitive behavioral therapy and SSRI medications are effective treatments. Don't waste time and money with unproven approaches.
I agree, C/B therapy is very effective, especially when combined with the correct medication(s).
As far as EMDR is concerned:
In 1998 an American Psychological Association task force declared that EMDR was one of three "probably efficacious treatments" for PTSD.
American Psychiatric Association (2004). Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines.
"¢ EMDR was given the highest level of recommendation (category for robust empirical support and demonstrated effectiveness) in the treatment of trauma.
Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2004). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. Washington, DC.
"¢ EMDR was placed in the "A" category as "strongly recommended" for the treatment of trauma.
16 randomized controlled (and 8 nonrandomized) studies have been conducted on EMDR in the treatment of trauma.
Controled studies utilizing EMDR have generally focused on PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), which is a form of anxiety and frequently involves panic attacks.
Check out this article:http://www.fsu.edu/~trauma/a1v5i4.htm
By all means, do a Google search, but put more credence in scholarly articles.