If you have been exposed to frightening experiences, either in childhood or as an adult, and you have suffered from some of the things on the list below, today’s subject is for you!
Are you a survivor of a traumatic experience? Have you ever been assaulted, threatened, or otherwise made to feel unsafe?
Have you experienced any of the following since that time?
- Emotional numbness
- Memory and concentration problems
- Difficulty maintaining close relationships
- Irritability or anger
- Overwhelming guilt or shame
- Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
- Self-destructive behavior
- Trouble sleeping
- Being easily startled by things like sudden noises
These are potential symptoms of PTSD (or Complex PTSD, which results from repeated psychological stress).
Until fairly recently, treatment for PTSD wasn’t very effective and took a long time. But in 1987, a particularly observant psychologist discovered something big…
Dr. Francine Shapiro was taking a walk in the park one day and noticed that if she moved her eyes back and forth while thinking about things that bothered her, she felt better. She developed a breakthrough treatment that works in as little as a single session, and things have never been the same for people who have been exposed to trauma.
The treatment is called EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is simple, fast, effective, easy to access, and is a fraction of the cost of traditional long-term therapy for PTSD symptoms. When the brain is imaged immediately after an EMDR treatment, the changes in the brain are immediate, visible and permanent.
In order to receive EMDR for the symptoms of trauma, all you need is an EMDR-trained therapist. The EMDR therapist will give you something to use so that your brain will be functioning on both sides alternately. (They may have you watch a moving object with your eyes or hold two small, alternately vibrating objects, one in each hand, while talking about and recalling your experiences.) This causes the brain to use both sides while processing the memory, and it begins to quickly and permanently release the brain from the pattern of stressful reaction it has been stuck in since the experience, removing the awful symptoms of the trauma once and for all.
Sound good? Want to see what it looks like? Want to know where to find a therapist who does it?
Okay, here you go –