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New Therapy may help with Post Traumatic Stress

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By: Kristen Holmes

(CNN) – There’s a new type of therapy to help with post-traumatic stress, as the suicide rate among veterans suffering from PTS continues to rise in the U.S.

The technique is called Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or ART, and it involves using eye movements to desensitize a person to a memory.

In ART, a person visualizes their memory and the emotions linked to it, then follows the instructions of a therapist, following their hand movements with their eyes, mimicking rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

Some therapists also say the treatment works beyond PTS, helping with phobias, anxiety and grief.

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