Research: SADIGH, Department of

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Abstract

SADIGH, Department of Psychology, good Shepherd Hospital, Allentown, PA 18103 USA writes that recurrent and frightening dreams are commonly experienced by patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after an automobile accident. These, if left untreated, may result in severe distress along with physical, emotional and psychophysiological effects. The author presents a single case study investigating the effects of the standard autogenic exercises in reducing frequency and severity of post-traumatic nightmares in a survivor of a car crash.

Background

Methodology

: The patient was instructed in standard autogenic exercises and autogenic abreaction, as well as two additional organ-specific formulas in order to improve her sleep.

Results

The interventions were successful in effectively treating the patient's distressing nightmares. Follow-up data suggested that the treatment effects persisted following termination of therapy. The author discusses suggestions for future investigations.

Conclusion

References

Sadigh Mr. The treatment of recalcitrant post-traumatic nightmares with autogenic training and autogenic abreaction: a case study. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 24(3): 203-10. Sep 1999.

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