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05/20/2009 05:15 PM

EMDR Anyone?

DaddiesGirl

I am looking into a form of therapy called EMDR..Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) 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.

i heard it is successful for helping recover from abuse and/or whatever caused our ptsd to begin with.

Has anyone ever tried this? and how did you do? did it work?

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05/20/2009 10:26 PM
WG2009
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I am doing the EMDR therapy. I've been doing it for 4 months or so. It's hard, but worth it. I have recovered many memories. It has also put things into perspective. I can remember a lot more during sessions with the EMDR. It kind of lays things flat, so you can see more of the combined trauma at once. It's hard to explain. You go through the experiences faster, in a shorter amount of time, so you can look back on all of the memories and get a sense of the bigger picture.

I was held against my will and raped every day for several months. The EMDR allows me to remember several of the things that happened, then I realized how much control he had over me and how little I could do to stop him. But if I used just the cognigive therapy, I would remember one event and what I did in that one event that made it my fault. Then I'd get to wallow in it and beat myself up for a week and then do it again and remember 1 more thing. And the cycle continues.

The idea is, your eyes move rapidly when you sleep. When you sleep you try to process memories.

The therapist will ask you to concentrate on a memory, then will ask you to follow his finger, so your eyes are moving back and forth. You don't fall asleep, you are completly in control and aware, but you have the same feelings and etc. you did when you were in the trauma.

Just know that your symptoms will probably increase. Make sure your therapist goes over ways to help you cope. Like Imagery, Mindfulness, Relaxation. Yoga has been found to work with people that have PTSD. I havent tried it yet. I have a lot of body memories, so fucusing on the parts of the body that have these feelings probably won't help me.


05/21/2009 04:07 PM
DaddiesGirl

ok wg - you just scared the crap out of me. i wont say that what i've been thru comes even close to what you have, but i dont want to consciously relive the bad memories. its bad enough reliving them in my nightmares and flashbacks. so what happens when you remember and feel the old abuse? how do you recover? i dont quite understand how its supposed to help?

05/21/2009 04:20 PM
WG2009
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I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to scare you. It's not as bad as you think. Your therapist will help you learn some techniques that really help. And you will be with your therapist. You will work with your therapist a long time before you need to even worry about the memories. He or she will help you learn how to manage your flashbacks so they won't be as bad. And you learn how to cope with the nightmares. It really isn't as bad as it sounds. I have had lots of stuff happen to me and I didn't deal with it for 15+ years. So now it has gotten worse.

05/22/2009 07:52 PM
DaddiesGirl

yeah, its been about 20 for me. i lived in hell for 4 years and have never been the same since. i think i've worked up the nerve to contact an EMDR specialist. i just dotn want anyting negative to affect the stability i've been having. does it get worse before it gets better?

05/27/2009 09:57 PM
zhone

Oh my gosh when I read these posts I felt like crying well I am in my heart crying because I have been trying to find others who have tried EMDR! I posted it in the depression group but no one seemed to know what it was. Wow I can not tell you how glad I am to have found you both. I am going to be starting EMDR in afew weeks. Right now I am practicing the meditation and breathing and I have to write down the ten worst memories. Thing of it is I can not really remember that is part of my problem. And I feel for you both carrying around this for years, I too have been carrying around the pain and the guilt for years. Daddiesgirl I wish you the very very best of luck with this new endeavor for you to have some help. And WG2009 thank you so much for sharing your experience with the EMDR. Please feel free to tell me more I would love to hear anyting at all regarding your experiences with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bright Blessings,

Kat


05/28/2009 09:50 PM
Nevayda
 
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Hi zhone and welcome. I'm so glad you found us. Keep us update ok?

05/28/2009 09:52 PM
DaddiesGirl

thank you so much zhone - i still havent worked up the nerve to make an appointment yet so you'll probably see your doc first. will you let me know how yours goes?..whats this about a list with your 10 worst memories................

05/28/2009 09:54 PM
Nevayda
 
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DaddiesGirl. The one person that any of us can't afford to be scared of is the therapist who wants to help. Be sure you ask your questions, and share your fear at the time. I'm sure you will be reassured.

05/29/2009 03:37 AM
zhone

Well the 10 worst memeries I guess I am supposed to work on. I wanted to do this because of dreams I have had for 16 years and now it has turned into this bigger thing. I am really having a hard time remembering my ten worst memories. I dotn want to remember to tell you the truth. If i had the money I would see a hypnotherapist and get it over and done with you know?

Anyway I do trust my therapist so i will forsce myself to write what i can down for ur next appt. I do hopw you keep in touch also with your appt. I am very curious about this EMDR. Thanks everyone for responding and answering questions. I pray we all find peace.

Bright Blessings,

Kat

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