EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and is a type of therapy that has been found to be successful in the treatment of anxiety, traumatic memories and even PTSD. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in the late 1980s and is listed as an effective treatment modality by the American Psychiatric Association, the Deptartment of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense and the World Health Organization.
When traumatic events occur, they can be stored in the brain in a way that prevents them from being neutralized over time as other memories are. This can cause these traumatic events to be reactivated so that “the past feels like the present.” Sometimes triggers such as sights, noises, smells, touch, etc., can reactivate the past traumatic event(s) and decrease the ability to function well in daily settings, relationships, work endeavors, etc.
An example might be a panic attack (rapid and exaggerated heartbeats, shortness of breath) that cause someone to seek treatment in the Emergency Room at a hospital setting. They are often told that this is a panic attack and there is no treatment recommended except to treat the symptoms with a drug such as Valium or Xanax. These may temporarily mask the symptoms, but do not get to the heart of the problem. Anticipating another attack puts the person on edge and they become nervous and wary of another attack occurring. Chronic anxiety about this can result in making their world smaller and smaller in order to avoid the recurrence of an attack.
Chronic anxiety can impact a person in the same way – something that has roots in the past can suddenly surface and cause anxious feelings and a worry cycle that never seems to end. PTSD is a more severe form of anxiety and the trauma experienced is not stored appropriately in the brain/memory bank, and can surface in the here and now when triggered.
EMDR therapy can provide relief from these traumatic events – whether large or small, acutely or vaguely remembered. The number of sessions required to achieve the reintegration of past traumatic memories will vary from person to person, but the average time is 3 – 5 sessions.
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