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Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 337–342 | Cite as

Treatment of vietnam war veterans with PTSD: A comparison of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, biofeedback, and relaxation training

  • Steven M. Silver
  • Alvin Brooks
  • Jeanne Obenchain
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Abstract

Analyses of scaled self-report data from Vietnam War veterans receiving inpatient treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder drawn during a program evaluation study suggested inpatient treatment as provided by the program resulted in significant improvement in the areas of Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Isolation, Intrusive Thoughts (of combat experiences), Flashbacks, Nightmares (of combat experiences), and Relationship Problems. Comparing the relative effects of the incremental addition of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Relaxation Training, and Biofeedback found that EMDR was for most problems the most effective extra treatment, greatly increasing the positive impact of the treatment program.

Key words

eye movement desensitization and reprocessing biofeedback relaxation training Vietnam War veterans 

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© International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven M. Silver
    • 1
  • Alvin Brooks
    • 1
  • Jeanne Obenchain
    • 1
  1. 1.PTSD Program, VAMCCoatesville

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