EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing has been demonstrated to be more effective and efficient in resolving trauma compared with ANY other psychological or psychiatric treatment, including medication.
What is Trauma
A traumatic event is any experience which is associated with strong negative emotions and perception of self associated to the event. Traumatic events can be caused by external occurrences such as an assault, car accident, violence/abuse; and there can be internally painful thoughts/emotional experiences such as public ridicule, performing badly in front of one’s peers, critical put downs by parents or others, and any other form of emotional abuse.
An event can be termed “traumatic”, whenever it can be associated with a high level of emotional distress. The brain treats external and internal traumatic stress in exactly the same way.
The emotions and bodily reactions created at the time of the traumatic event are associated with chemicals in the nervous system, including adrenaline, and these cause the brain to store or encode the traumatic experience in a manner different from an everyday event, which doesn’t carry a strong emotional charge.