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Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in EMDR, Emdr and Spirituality, EMDR and the Veterans, EMDR side effects, Psychotherapy Books

SIDE EFFECTS OF EMDR


EMDR side effects – emdr therapy has become an innovative option for treating or reducing conditions associated with anxiety, depression, and in some cases abuse or breach of trust suffered by some individuals.  As with any treatment in life, there is always side effects or risk associated with the form of treatment.  It might not be much, but it will exist in one way or the other.

emdr_8_phase_treatmentThese emdr side effect risks are more pronounced to those who practice self EMDR therapy and could make the mental disorder much more severe.  One of the most common side effects associated with EMDR is the onset or increase in fear and distress.
The process, as I can understand is designed for you to face your fear from the past and overcome it.  Destroy it from that part of your memory.

This form of therapy is designed to minimize and resolve other emotions, thereby making the patients distressed.  Never perform the EMDR therapy by yourself as you tend to loose focus on the technique and, as a result, you may lose focus or concentration on the task at hand which could worsen your mental situation.

According to EMDR Institute Inc,  as with any form of psychotherapy, it may lead to a temporary increase in distress.
  • So far, according to EMDR institute, it has been noted that patients that underwent the eye movement desensitization and reprocessing treatment has distressing and unresolved memories which may emerge occasionally.
  • Some unexpected results may occur during or after emdr therapy that was not part of the plan, reactions like having a high level of sensitivity or emotions or some physical sensations.
  • Subsequent to the treatment session, the processing of incidents/material may continue, and other dreams, memories feelings, etc., may emerge.

According to this emdr side effects mentioned above, I would really suggest that any potential patient should properly disclose previous trauma that could aid or assist the EMDR therapist in making a proper care plan.

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Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Effectiveness of emdr, EMDR, Emdr and Spirituality, EMDR and the Veterans, Health, Iris trauma, Psychotherapy Books, Rapid trauma resolution

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR – You might want to ask yourself, what exactly is this emdr? it is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories. The approach was developed by Francine Shapiro to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders as resulting from exposure to a traumatic or distressing event, such as rape or military combat.

When a person recalls a distressing memory, the person can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, which can be intense. By alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, patients can stimulate the “frozen” information processing system. During the process, the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like ‘ordinary’ memories.

emdr_ptsd_educationTrauma-related disorders could be as a result of a traumatic or distressing event, such as rape or military combat.  I’ll be discussing the military combat which is what really interest me. Are our veterans really being treated fairly when it comes to trauma, PTSD and the side effects of war? Does this so called emdr really works? Although, I have heard of cases where clinics use the emdr for other purposes, other than what is mentioned above, but since it is not official, I will not mention it here.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy process and procedures, according to Francine Shapiro involves eight phases to have a complete and effective emdr treatment.   This phases or seasons are taking patient history, discussing overall treatment plan, identify patient safe place, to serve as a reset mode when or during unbearable reminders of the past traumatic events, identifying the negative cognition, the installation phase, identifying pain or discomfort, debriefing and re-evaluation.

As long as traumatic memories go unprocessed, they may be triggered by experiences or interactions in your current life, shifting and coloring your perceptions. Some people need more than conversations and replacement thoughts to resolve what is happening in their minds and bodies. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR psychotherapy, provides a proven therapeutic alternative

 

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