Journal article

Treating repetitive suicidal intrusions using eye movements: study protocol for a multicenter randomized clinical trial.

JS van Bentum, M Sijbrandij, AJFM Kerkhof, A Huisman, AR Arntz, EA Holmes, G Franx, J Mokkenstorm, MJH Huibers

BMC Psychiatry | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Suicide is a major public health problem, and it remains unclear which processes link suicidal ideation and plans to the act of suicide. Growing evidence shows that the majority of suicidal patients diagnosed with major depression or bipolar disorder report repetitive suicide-related images and thoughts (suicidal intrusions). Various studies showed that vividness of negative as well as positive intrusive images may be reduced by dual task (e.g. eye movements) interventions taxing the working memory. We propose that a dual task intervention may also reduce frequency and intensity of suicidal imagery and may be crucial in preventing the transition from suicidal ideation and plannin..

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