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Psychological Symptom Change in Veterans After Six Sessions of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

2014-07-23 21:09:19 | BioPortfolio

Summary

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) has been shown to significantly reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression in a variety of clinical trials. This study examines the effect of a six session EFT protocol on the symptoms of veterans with clinical scores on the PTSD Checklist-Military (PCL-M). Subjects in the experimental group receive EFT coaching supplemental to, and supportive of, the "usual care" treatment provided by their primary care provider. Subjects in the wait list control group receive usual care for a month, with pre and posttests, after which they also receive the EFT coaching protocol. Subjects are followed at three month intervals to determine if gains are maintained, and whether the symptom reductions are similar to those observed in other trials of EFT.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Conditions

Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic

Intervention

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

Location

Soul Medicine Institute
Santa Rosa
California
United States
95404

Status

Recruiting

Source

Soul Medicine Institute

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:19-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

A class of traumatic stress disorders that is characterized by the significant dissociative states seen immediately after overwhelming trauma. By definition it cannot last longer than 1 month, if it persists, a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (STRESS DISORDERS, POST-TRAUMATIC) is more appropriate.

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Anxiety disorders manifested by the development of characteristic symptoms following a psychologically traumatic event that is outside the normal range of usual human experience. Symptoms include re-experiencing the traumatic event, increased arousal, and numbing of responsiveness to or reduced involvement with the external world. Traumatic stress disorders can be further classified by the time of onset and the duration of these symptoms.

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