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Emdr Therapy Side Effects

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in EMDR, side effects

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.

These 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.

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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 have 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.

Originally posted 2011-02-03 19:30:14.

EMDR

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in EMDR

EMDR – 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.

EMDR Process

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.

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Trauma-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 interests 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 work? Although I have heard of cases where clinics use the emdr for other purposes, other than what has mentioned above, since it is not official, I will not mention it here.

EMDR – 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 the overall treatment plan, identify the 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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Originally posted 2011-01-15 20:50:50.

Best Depression Treatment

Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Treatment Services

Best Depression Treatment – Anxiety therapy and medication seems to have always worked when it comes to treating depression related to PTSD

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most who experience it need treatment to get better. The good news is that depression, even the most severe cases, is a highly treatable disorder.

Screening
You may be wondering if you have symptoms of Depression. One way of determining that is to take a brief confidential and anonymous screen. Only you will see the results of the brief screen. None of the results are stored or sent anywhere. You can choose to print a copy of the results for your own records or to give to your physician or a mental health professional.

VA Programs & Services

A number of depression treatments are available. Medication and psychological counseling (psychotherapy) are very effective for most people. There are also many types of professionals who treat depression. A good place to start is with your primary care physician. In some cases, a primary care physician can prescribe medication to relieve depression symptoms. However, if treatment by your physician does not help you, the next step is to see a mental health professional.

In addition to medications, psychotherapy can be very effective in the treatment of depression. In fact, evidence-based psychotherapies are among the most effective treatments for depression. The following evidence-based psychotherapies have been found to be effective in treating depression. One or more of them can be found at your local VA Medical Center.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-D)

CBT is a structured, time-limited psychotherapy that helps individuals develop more balanced and helpful thoughts about themselves, others, and the future. CBT also helps individuals spend more time engaging in pleasurable or productive activities. CBT helps individuals to achieve personal goals and solve problems by learning and practicing new skills.

I am interested in learning more about CBT-D

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT-D)

ACT is a psychotherapy based on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, which help individuals overcome their struggle with emotional pain and worry by encouraging them to take active steps to move forward. ACT helps individuals recognize, commit to, and achieve what matters most to them in life.

I am a interested in learning more about ACT-D

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a treatment for depression that focuses on the relationships that may be the cause or the result of depression. IPT helps individuals to understand the connection between their depression and current relationship problems. It also helps individuals build social skills to deal better with problems. This helps to improve how someone feels as well and the quality of their life.

I am interested in learning more about IPT

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/depression.asp).  The anxiety therapy is not new.

 

PTSD and Best Depression Treatment

Anxiety Therapy – Best Depression and PTSD Treatment

Best Depression Treatment

Articles & Fact Sheets

  • What is Major Depression?: A VA Fact Sheet providing information on: basic facts, symptoms, treatments, and information for families (2011).
  • Depression After Brain Injury: A guide for patients and their caregivers from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
  • Depression: A detailed booklet with information on symptoms, causes, treatments, getting help and coping (2007).
  • Depression (Easy to Read): An easy-to-read booklet that explains what depression is, how long it lasts and how to get help (2007).
  • Older Adults and Depression: A brief statistical fact sheet on depression and suicide in older adults, with information on treatments and suicide prevention (2003).
  • Late Life Depression: According to the VA’s National Registry for Depression, 11% of Veterans aged 65 years and older have a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, a rate more than twice that found in the general population of adults aged 65 and older.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as “winter depression,” is not pure seasonal depression, but seasonal worsening of pre-existing depression. It is defined as “recurring depression with seasonal onset and remission,” mostly affecting people who already have depression.

 

Resources

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Depression: A grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Provides information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and more.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Depression: A national organization whose mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure. Provides information on signs, symptoms, treatment, clinical trials and more.
  • Mental Health America (MHA) – Depression: A nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. Provides a number of factsheets on depression such as: Depression: What You Need to Know and Signs of Depression Checklist.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) – Depression: A national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. Provides information on symptoms and types of depression, as well as a few brochures such as: Myths and Facts about Depression and Bipolar Disorder.

If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please call the Veterans Crisis line 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or visit their website at www.veteranscrisisline.net/.

Originally posted 2017-11-07 09:34:34.




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