... PTSD or anxiety? Any experience with this would be helpful
I did, but only for a limited time. My therapist was learning it at the time. I have heard good things about it. Somehow following the hand motions separates the memories from the intensity of the emotions - allowing you to process the trauma. It's a brain-function thing. What helped me most was long-term therapy with a trauma therapist. It took me going twice a week for 5 years before I trusted him enough to start talking about things - I didn't trust anyone, not even my husband, or God. But I had a pretty severe case of it. I'm glad to report that I have a pretty near normal life now, trusting God and my husband, have friends, and learned to like myself along the way. I'd say try the EMDR - try everything you can. Fight for it - insist on getting help!! Stinks that you have to, but once you're set free from all the turmoil it will be worth it. It's wonderful not to have flashbacks or anxiety attacks anymore. If you can't afford it, try your local county mental health center. Mine had some amazing people - some that worked as volunteers even. God bless - ElizaJane
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)1 is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach.
After EMDR processing, clients generally report that the emotional distress related to the memory has been eliminated, or greatly decreased.
“A single session of the procedure may be sufficient to desensitize subjects’ traumatic memories, as well as dramatically alter their cognitive assessments.” “EMDR can cure PTSD in one session and the average treatment time of five sessions" to comprehensively treat PTSD.
When the individual thinks about a trauma, or when the memory is triggered by similar situations, the person may feel like she is reliving it, or may experience strong emotions and physical sensations. A prime example is the intrusive thoughts, emotional disturbance, and negative self-referencing beliefs of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It is not only major traumatic events, or “large Traumas” that can cause psychological disturbance. Sometimes a relatively minor event from childhood, such as being teased by one’s peers or ridiculed by one’s parent, may not be adequately processed. Such “small traumas” can result in personality problems and become the basis of current dysfunctional reactions.
Even though I haven't gone through the procedure, I understand PTSD a lot more since you've asked the question. Thank you. I'm on the PTSD support group and hardly ever get questions or answers of PTSD. I have been going through PTSD for over 5 years, and it's awful. I wish the thoughts would stop.
God bless you and keep you in His loving arms,
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