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Letter to the Editor

Further Discussion of EMDR for Treatment of PTSD

Charles R. Figley, Andrew M. Leeds, Sandra A. Tinker-Wilson, and Bessel A. van der Kolk

Published: October 31, 2000

Article Abstract

From our regular book review column.

Sir: We are writing in response to the publication of "The Expert Consensus Guideline Series: Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder," for which each of us served as an expert. While we applaud the authors for their effort to collect and systematize expert opinion on the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we are concerned that these guidelines will cause serious misunderstanding and misinterpretations of the empirical status of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of PTSD.

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