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EFT Reduces Depressive Symptoms - Study

EFT Reduces Depressive Symptoms - Study

A recent study published in The Journal of Integrative Medicine has shown that EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) tapping significantly reduced depressive symptoms. These results were found at both 3 month and 6 month intervals after treatment, giving support to the long terms benefits of EFT. Examination of the individual cases also revealed clinically significant improvements in anxiety.

The study concludes that the results are worthy of further investigation.

Study from - Integrative Medicine April 2016

Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) places major depressive disorder (MDD), or depression, as the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide. Some studies have found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) represents the most superior approach in treating mild to severe symptoms. Recent literature has indicated a number of limitations to this therapeutic approach. An approach that has received increasing attention within the literature is the emotional freedom technique (EFT).

Objective: The current pilot study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of CBT and EFT in the treatment of depression and comorbid anxiety.

Design: The research team designed a pilot study structured as a randomized, controlled trial with 2 intervention arms.

Setting: The study took place at Bond University in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Participants: Participants (n = 10) were local community members who had screened positive for a primary diagnosis of MDD.

Intervention: Participants were randomly assigned to an 8-wk CBT or EFT treatment program, the intervention groups. A sample of individuals from the community was assessed for comparative purposes (control group) (n = 57).

Outcome Measures: Pre- and postintervention, all participants were interviewed using the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) 6.0, and they completed the following validated questionnaires: (1) the Beck Depression Inventory, second edition (BDI-2) and (2) the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scales (DASS-21).

Results: Findings revealed that both treatment approaches produced significant reductions in depressive symptoms, with the CBT group reporting a significant reduction postintervention, which was not maintained with time. The EFT group reported a delayed effect involving a significant reduction in symptoms at the 3- and 6-mo follow-ups only. Examination of the individual cases revealed clinically significant improvements in anxiety across both interventions.

Conclusions: Overall, the findings provide evidence to suggest that EFT might be an effective treatment strategy worthy of further investigation.

Are You Suffering From Similar issues?

If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, please contact a professional GoE EFT Practitioner to see if EFT can help:

How Do I Become Qualified in EFT?

Guild of EnergistsThe GoE is a non-profit organisation established in 1998 and was the first provider of professional EFT training. We have since gone on to support Energy EFT which is a more up-to-date tapping technique. For information on Energy EFT training courses available via live training and distance learning see the following pages:

You can also try Energy EFT with developer Silvia Hartmann in this online video:

GoE and EFT - Further Information

Alongside Energy EFT training programs and maintaining a public register of certified EFT Practitioners, the GoE provides the following additional information and services:

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