So I have been in therapy for a couple of months now and all is going well. My therapist now wants to work on my past traumas and I have to say I am scared. Up to now its been somewhat easy in therapy as I work on building trust and feeling safe around my therapist. He mentioned he would like to start EMDR therapy, at first I was accepting of it, but then I decided to do some research and found some not so good experiences from multiple trauma PTSD survivors, such as me. So now all I can do is explain my concerns with my therapist and get his feedback or say no to it completely. For single trauma survivors I have seen all good stuff about EMDR. I wish my past traumas were that easy. As Mr Grey says in “Fifty Shades of Grey”“Why don’t you like to be touched” Ana whispered, staring up into soft grey eyes.
“Because I’m fifty shades of fucked-up, Anastasia”
― E.L. James, . In my case the shades are getting less and I feel less “fucked up” the more I do therapy and connect with new people, even if its just talking to a new person online, or talking with the Uber driver, etc. I am starting to reach out to people and find my words to communicate on a personal level with someone. It’s not easy for me. In the business world I am an excellent communicator but not so much on the personal side of things.
EMDR treatments for PTSD – Does it work?
Mishaps can happen to everyone but some of us are so sensitive that these traumatic situations lead them to a critical psychological condition called the PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). Recently a new therapy has been introduced that seems to be effective for the treatment of the PTSD.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a non-traditional type of the psychotherapy to treat trauma. EMDR deals with the psychological issues in a very unrealistic way. It is different from the talk therapy or the medications. In EMDR, the patient is asked to move the eyes in a rhythmic and rapid manner. The eye movements will dampen the power of the memories that are emotionally charged because of the traumatic events.
The psychological that are thought to be treated with EMDR are:
- Panic attacks
- Anxiety and depression
Does it Work
Since the introduction of this treatment, it has been facing controversy that whether it works or not. Studies have proved that when the PTSD patients treated with EMDR were compared with the patients treated with other therapies it was found that there was a significant reduction in the stress conditions of the former and their symptoms of unease were also gone.
The eye movements have also outperformed the beep tones and other stimuli. Apart from that, it has also been seen that it shows positive results faster than the other types of therapies. Now EMDR is recommended around the world specifically to treat trauma.
How it works
When you visit your therapist for the EMDR treatment, you will be prepared for the memory processing by taking the good history from you. Then your memories will be accessed to be aligned in a certain way. Now to transform the memory into an adaptive learning experience the information processing systems of the brain are stimulated in a special way.
All the negative emotions, beliefs and the physical sensations will be removed and the positive sensations and memories are dominated. The EMDR therapy will not only take the symptoms away, it will address your past, present and future.
The goal of the EMDR treatment is to achieve the utmost state of emotional health. Apart from the PTSD patients, it is also being administered to treat the athletes, executives, and performers. It helps them to achieve their desired state of peak performance.
Effectiveness of EMDR
As EMDR is a safe form of therapy and it has no side effects and this is the reason that it has been now widely used. Studies have shown that the 84 to 100 percent of the patients that have been treated with the 90 minutes EMDR therapy has shown positive results.
This is the reason that most of the patients now prefer EMDR instead of the cognitive therapy. So whenever you feel stuck in life EMDR therapy may help. Apart from the PTSD and trauma patients, EMDR is now popular to address all types of patients that are dealing with stress issues.