When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings have not changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
What kind of problems can EMDR treat?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
Sexual and/or Physical abuse
Body image disorders
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DEPRESSION – Major depressive disorder, situational depression, dysthymic disorder and bereavement issues
ANXIETY – Generalized anxiety disorder, panic, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder
TRAUMA – Trauma from past emotional, physical and sexual abuse; postpartum depression; trauma after surgery; trauma related to accidents; acute stress disorder; sleep disturbances related to trauma.
STRESS – Acute Stress, Episodic Stress, Chronic Stress