EMDR Side Effects
EMDR Side Effects – As with anything and everything in life, there is always a side effect, but in the case of this particular therapy, there is not much to talk about:
- It has been noted that patients that underwent the treatment had distressing and unresolved memories which may emerge occasionally. This is a normal and
natural part of the treatment process. Rather than calling it a “side effect,” this could be
considered a part of the main effect, leading to desensitizing and reprocessing of the root cause of the memories.
- Some unexpected results may occur during or after therapy that was not part of the plan, reactions like having a high level of sensitivity or emotions or some physical sensations. By this time in the treatment process, much work was done to prepare you for this possibility. Plus, your therapist will help you handle whatever comes up during the session.
- Subsequent to the treatment session, the processing of incidents/material may continue, and other dreams, memories feelings, etc., may emerge. If this should become too much for you to handle on your own, you are welcome to call your therapist, who will help you.
After speaking with one of the EMDR therapists at work, I was told that the stages involve taking the patient to his/her happy place before embarking on the treatment. It’s also been noted that some patients could not be treated with this reprocessing technique, which so far has a low percentage rate. That would not surprise me as I know every form of medication in life has its pros and cons, which in turn has side effects. The journey to resolve PTSD and/or abusive memory is just beginning and I can’t wait to see how well it will develop.
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