As someone who has treated veterans for the last 8 years, I can say without a doubt that only treating one or two memories will not cause a solid long term effect. That is what is reflected in the Macklin study referred to above. Treating one or two memories and then checking on the patients 5 years later. These men are so burdened by many painful memories they need a full treatment regime to have a worthwhile effect. The only EMDR study to do this was published by Carlson and colleagues of the VA in Honolulu. It was published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 1998. Three quarters of those patients lost their PTSD diagnosis after a dozen EMDR sessions. But what about the rest of the vets? When will this field begin to treat research subjects as real patients? When will these poor vets receive the treatment they deserve?
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