Traumatic events and PTSD are frequent in severe mental disorders, initiate and worsen the course and outcome. Therefore, psychotherapeutic interventions in this indication are clinically important but are scarce. In this workshop we will introduce most important data on bipolar disorder, the neurobiology of bipolar disorder and PTSD by presenting some relevant neuroimaging data in the field. Then, we will review the evidence of the co-occurrence of traumatic events and bipolar disorder and its consequences. Finally, we present a first controlled, randomized pilot trial of EMDR in traumatized, subsyndromal bipolar I and II patients, the so-called BET-study (Bipolar EMDR Trauma-study). Based on that study, we will present the EMDR Bipolar Protocol (EBP) with five sub-protocols, focused on insight, adherence, mood-stabilisation, de-idealisation of manic symptoms and implusivity. As interactive part of the workshop, we also will practically apply some of the new protocols. We also will share with the audience the design of the next larger study of EMDR in traumatized bipolar patients to confirm or reject our first positive results of the pilot trial.
Benedikt L Amann specialized as Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist (CBT) in the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. During his training yet, he initiated scientific projects in bipolar disorder and continued his research when he was contracted as Principal Investigator of the Ministry of Health in Spain in 2006. Working in the FIDMAG Research Foundation in Barcelona, he then focused on neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies in mental disorders and initiated also basic and clinical studies of EMDR. He is author of more than 70 scientific articles and gave various lectures in national and international congresses.
Ramon Landin-Romero is a graduate in Psychology (University of Malaga), Master in Cognitive Neuroscience (University of York) and Master in Neuroscience (University of Barcelona). He worked at the Institut des Neurosciences Cellulaires et Integratives at Strasbourg and at the York Neuroimaging Center before moving back to Spain to work as a fellow researcher at FIDMAG Research Foundation (Barcelona). His research focus on the use of neuroimaging techniques applied to research in psychiatry and severe mental disorders. Herbey, he just finished his PhD about neuroimaging of schizophrenic patients and their relatives. He is currently also interested on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying EMDR intervention and its potential role on the modulation of altered brain functioning, coordinating a MRI study pre and post EMDR therapy in PTSD.