Chicago-area first responders turning to eye-motion therapy to combat PTSD

  • Source: WFLD-TV FOX 32 Chicago
  • Published: 09/12/2019 12:00 AM

More first responders in the US lose their lives to suicide than in the line of duty, according to a study by the Ruderman Foundation. In Chicago, a little known treatment for depression and PTSD is rescuing first responders desperate to find help for themselves. The treatment almost looks like hypnosis, but the patient is entirely awake and able to tap into traumatic memories like never before. It can start to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD in as little as one treatment Broadview Fire Chief Tracy Kenny and Deerfield Firefighter Jon Vaccarello have had very different life experiences but they both agree: A form of therapy called EMDR or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing has dramatically changed their lives.


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