A psychomotor diagnostic instrument for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder

Minke M. van de Kamp*, Claudia Emck, Pim Cuijpers, Peter J. Beek

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with an increased risk of physical disorders as a consequence of chronic stress reactions and adverse lifestyle behaviours. In addition, various other physical signs and symptoms may be present, as well as problems with emotional awareness, such as alexithymia, which may impede verbal information processing. Therefore, a psychomotor diagnostic instrument (PMDI) is developed, based on non-verbal information to contribute to a careful and reliable diagnostic procedure. The PDMI is designed to identify specific goals for body and movement oriented treatments of PTSD. It consists of a manual with an assessment procedure, guidelines for scoring items and for the calculation of cluster scores based on item scores. In this paper, the PMDI and its development are discussed, and illustrated by brief vignettes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-49
Number of pages17
JournalBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Issue number1
Early online date5 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • assessment
  • diagnosis
  • observation
  • psychomotor therapy
  • PTSD
  • treatment planning

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