When a person experiences something traumatic whether it is in the form of abuse, car accident, military combat, or something that placed your life and safety at risk, the memories of the experience can recur restricting you from doing the normal thing you do every day. The negative thoughts and emotions involved with the incident can force you to relive the event with the same ferocity as it was happening.
This can present itself in the form of flashbacks, hallucinations, or nightmare and the memories come back simply because you are overpowered by the situation and you cannot consciously process what was happening during the event. Consequently, the unprocessed thoughts followed by the all the senses associated with the horrifying event are in a rudimentary form which can be brought back when you experience something that can trigger a memory of the initial event.
Although you cannot erase the memory of the experience, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing can change the way these traumatic events are kept in the brain. EMDR makes it easy to handle all the emotions and perceptions involved with the traumatic experience giving you effective strategies on how to deal with the stress.
What is EMDR?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a leading new concept of integrative psychotherapy which is seen to be powerful enough to help people who suffer from various mental disorders such as anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other emotional issues. EMDR provides a simple treatment solution to these problems which would otherwise be time-consuming and difficult to treat.
Symptoms that Can Be Helped by EMDR
Since its discovery and evolution during the past 25 years, EMDR has been seen to be greatly effective for treating a lot of different psychological disorders and symptoms. This technique is sufficient enough to give you a good feeling about your life and not dwell on the emotions involved with the traumatic experience. EMDR also teaches you how to cope with your thoughts and feelings that are associated with such a horrifying event. Some of the symptoms that can be helped by EMDR include:
- Memories associated with a traumatic event
What to Expect During Your EMDR Therapy
EMDR is a safe therapy that does not have any adverse side effects on a patient. It incorporates several effective elements of other therapeutic approaches which make it powerful, although EMDR also has distinctive aspects that are different.
One unique aspect of EMDR is the therapist’s use of the left and right eye movement while the patient collectively focuses on the traumatic experience. This can be important as the patient can process the disturbing experience both emotionally and cognitively, allowing him to resolve the issue within a safe environment.
What happens during an EMDR therapy is the therapist gently allows the patient to recall the traumatic incident and guides the patient to revisit the negative thoughts, memories, and feelings he experienced during the process. The therapist then leads the patient to a series of lateral eye movements while the patient recalls the emotions and thoughts involved during the traumatic experience. As rapid and vigorous memories emerge, they are processed by the eye movement, giving the patient time to re-experience the memory but in a more neutral environment which facilitates resolution and healing.
Is EMDR Right For You?
Everyone deserves to be happy and have fulfilling relationships and EMDR can give you a chance to remove all the anxieties and stress involved with a traumatic event. Also, when going through treatment, there are a number of factors that can help determine if EMDR is the appropriate therapy for you. This takes into consideration your individual situation, history, and severity of your condition. During your intervention, all the consistent and relevant factors will be considered so you can advance to your EMDR treatment.