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Emdr Side Effects

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.

I try my best possible to update this page as soon as I hear or read something of value about the side effects of emdr therapy/ treatment, so make sure you bookmark this page for easy future access.

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