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EMDR Emerges As A Groundbreaking Treatment For Trauma

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Alternative Trauma, EMDR, mental health

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In recent years, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) has become one of the most ground-breaking and talked about therapies for clinicians and clients dealing with the lingering effects of trauma.

emdr_traumaAs with any new form of therapy, EMDR has its believers and non-believers. As the subject of over 25 controlled studies, however, it has proven to be an effective form of trauma treatment when carried out by a trained and qualified psychotherapy professional. If you have decided to seek the help of a counseling professional to deal with the aftermath of trauma, it may be worth your while to find an EMDR certified therapist near you to learn more about this exciting and innovative therapy.

We’ve all experienced trauma in our lives of one sort or another. Many of these moments may not have registered to you at the time as traumatic, but such moments can become “frozen” within our minds and bodies. The longer they remain there, the more negative the effects. EMDR, as administered by a trained therapist, can help to desensitize and reprocess those moments, and allow you to move beyond your trauma once and for all.

 

In EMDR, the patient recalls a traumatic event while simultaneously undergoing bilateral stimulation that can consist of moving the eyes from side to side, vibrations or tapping movements on different sides of the body. EMDR has been used to help those dealing with:

• Trauma
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Anxiety
• Grief and Loss
• Mourning
• Panic Attacks
• Performance and Test Anxiety
• And more

Not only has EMDR been proven as an effective form of trauma treatment, it has also been shown to get results in a shorter period of time than other methods of trauma treatment. EMDR is most effective when used in conjunction with more traditional methods of therapy.

As with any form of therapy, EMDR isn’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. It is important to feel comfortable with the type of therapy you choose, and the best way to do so is to learn as much about it as you possibly can. If you are interested in EMDR, contact a therapist who administers this technique in your area for an initial consultation in which you can ask questions and gather information.

EMDR is yet another tool by which those affected by trauma can move beyond its adverse effects and reclaim a healthy, balanced existence. Learning more about your condition and therapy will help you in living a better life!

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How to Rewire Your Brain to Fight PTSD and Trauma

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Alternative Trauma, Military, ptsd

PTSD Symptoms – Rewire Your Brain to Fight PTSD Symptoms and Trauma

PTSD symptoms and trauma according to the VA Web site is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, an accident or disaster.  After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. Note that you don’t have to go to war before you can experience such reactions.  People with bad bosses at work or kids that are being picked upon by bullies tend to have these symptoms.  If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as (PTSD).  I enjoy writing and sharing all these information to the public because of my own experience with PTSD symptoms.  I understand what these men and women who have served are going through because I am a wounded warrior.  Please share as you read, and watch these videos.  The information could be of help top someone you know.  I found this video on National  Geographic Television.

 

Video credit – Credit to National Geographic Television.  More information on this new technique can be found at Http://Channel.NationalGeographic.Com/channel/brain-games/videos/defusing-ptsd/

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

PTSD Symptoms and Side effects of PTSD might disturb your life and make it difficult to proceed with your everyday exercises. You might think that it’s hard just to traverse the day.

There are four sorts of PTSD symptoms and side effects:

  1. Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms)

Memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. For example:

    • You may have nightmares.
    • You may feel like you are going through the event again. This is called a flashback.
    • You may see, hear, or smell something that causes you to relive the event. This is called a trigger. News reports, seeing an accident, or hearing a car backfire are examples of triggers.
  1. Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event. For example:

    • You may avoid crowds because they feel dangerous.
    • You may avoid driving if you were in a car accident or if your military convoy was bombed.
    • If you were in an earthquake, you may avoid watching movies about earthquakes.
    • You may keep very busy or avoid seeking help because it keeps you from having to think or talk about the event.
  1. Negative changes in beliefs and feelings

The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma. This symptom has many aspects, including the following:

    • You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
    • You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.
    • You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.
  1. Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)

You may be jittery or always alert and on the lookout for danger. You might suddenly become angry or irritable. This is known as hyperarousal. For example:

    • You may have a hard time sleeping.
    • You may have trouble concentrating.
    • You may be startled by a loud noise or surprise.
    • You might want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room.
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