Korean War flashbacks: Treating PTSD
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United Kingdom military personnel have been involved in the recent Iraq war. While fatalities and casualties were relatively light compared to other conflicts historically, individual incidents can, nevertheless, have a lasting impact on individuals who witness them or are involved. Subsequent wars, though not participated in, can lead to a recurrence of damage. In this care study, Alan Pringle and Dass Musruck illustrate the use of scripted exposure and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of John, an English veteran of the Korean War who presented with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Scripted exposure involves the patient keeping a written record of their most intrusive and distressing thoughts and feelings.