EMDR-based mental health services for the Arab spring

June, 2013

This paper explores mental health services that are based on Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR).


Norris et al. (2004) suggested that trauma is much more common in developing countries than in the developed world, where more of the resources to treat trauma are available. Trauma in developing countries is more challenging to treat and more difficult to study. Most trauma treatment and research resources are in Europe, which constitutes only 7% of the world population. It is a well-known fact that the psychological impact of trauma outweighs the physical impact by an estimated 4 : 1 ratio (Everly et al., 2010). The psychological impact of natural and man-made disasters can be overwhelming for individuals, their families and communities.

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Abdul-Hamid, W., Turkey, J. and Hughes, J.H., 2013. EMDR-based mental health services for the Arab spring. Egyptian Journal of Psychiatry, 34(3), p.143.

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