Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is recognized worldwide as an effective treatment for the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and all kinds of adverse life experiences. The literature on the clinical usefulness of EMDR therapy in people with Alzheimer's disease is scarce. We present a clinical case study of a woman who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This patient was suffering from daily flashbacks of her institutionalized mother in a later stage of dementia. According to self-reports, one session of EMDR therapy alleviated the distress associated with her traumatic memory. We discuss the applicability of the EMDR protocol for people with Alzheimer's disease and highlight possible limitations and adaptations.
- Alzheimer's disease
- emotional distress
- eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
- family history of dementia