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#37052 - 06/29/02 11:52 PM EMDR?
Ron_dup1 Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 87
Loc: Arkansas
Can any of you tell me more about EMDR therapy?
I see it mentioned in many posts as an effective way to deal with PTSD. I am wondering what it is and what a session is like. If any of you have done it please give me some info.

#37053 - 06/30/02 05:23 AM Re: EMDR?
Ken Followell Offline
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Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 992
Loc: Bradenton, FL

I am currently seeing a therapist who uses EMDR. It is a treatment which uses rapid eye movement like when you are dreaming to help reprocess stressful events. There is a lot of information on the Web about, although it is still somewhat controversial. The more information I read the less I thought it would help. I was just desparate and the therapist I am seeing was the only one with experience helping men who had been abused, so I decided to try it.

I have found it to be very helpful in releiving the anxiety I had about many different areas of my life. It is amazing that it works, but it does. The therapist will sit facing you and move his hand in front of your eyes while you vizualize a traumatic event. The feeling associated with that event do lessena dn the effect continues after the session is complete.

For me it has been very helpful. I would be happy at answer any other question you have.


Ken Followell

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#37054 - 07/01/02 06:30 AM Re: EMDR?
Broken Offline

Registered: 03/25/01
Posts: 273
Loc: Huntingtun Beach, CA, US
do you feel this really works? It seems like it has a lot of backing, but still, i have to question how they can justify charging therapist 500 bucks to attend one of thier sessions. If it really helps people then why arent they offering free courses and giving away free equipment? If it really works, then i guess this is just another case of the buisness of medicine, but that sucks. Even if i wanted to try this, i probably couldnt find a docter i could afford.

Come to think about it, this really pisses me off. If there is a treatment that can really help people, why maintain a monopoly on it? The poor are always getting screwed over in medicine, thats really not fair. We have had hundreds of methodone clinics for herion addicts running on charity for how long? They dont work, yet they are free to pass the cost onto the rest of us without our permission.

Im sure there is some sort of waiting list for free care that will take months, if not years. Psychotherapy is criminal economicly. Id really like to try this, but i probably have to go it alone.

#37055 - 07/01/02 09:03 PM Re: EMDR?
Spider-man Offline

Registered: 04/27/02
Posts: 57
Loc: NY
From what I know of EMDR, it helps a lot of people. My wife has done it to work on memories from her childhood and she feels its made a tremendous impact on her.
From what she has said about it, I gather its based on the principle that some people can simply not process some things in their heads. That the movement and process of EMDR stimulates a portion of the brain involved in that and that sometimes the treatment can mean the difference between living the memory and putting the memory in the past where it belongs.


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