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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively new clinical treatment that has been scientifically evaluated primarily with trauma survivors.
EMDR's originator, Dr. Francine Shapiro, describes the procedure in detail in a recent book, and advises that therapists use EMDR only after completing an authorized advanced training in EMDR.
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RainmanTwentyEight
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Registered: December 2013
Location: Riverside, CA
Posts: 10
Review Date: Mon December 23, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Helped me cope with my brother's death and relieve some of the trauma I was experiencing
Cons: None

This was the first treatment I received from a psychologist and I wish I could've stayed with him but I had to move. The treatment was difficult at first but really helped me compartmentalize my overwhelming anxiety and stress as I was suffering from PTSD. Very interesting how it works.

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blameme
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Registered: January 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 56
Review Date: Sat December 31, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $45.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Has made me able to function on a regular basis; More days functioning than not.
Cons: This techinque makes all the trauma so real again. I can smell, see, hear, and taste everything. I am basically living in that moment again.

SEE PROS AND CONS.

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Gleek592
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Registered: July 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 35
Review Date: Tue July 27, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: It really helps me to process everything.
Cons: It leaves me feeling scared, alone, and miserable after therapy

I like EMDR because it helps me process past situations or my future but I always feel really miserable afterwards. Like I want to cut or purge. Which is dumb I know.

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scout
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Registered: September 2007
Posts: 2
Review Date: Fri September 28, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
Pros:
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EMDR saved my life.

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VoNPD
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Registered: September 2007
Location: earth
Posts: 152
Review Date: Wed September 12, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Made me more aware of being 'past' the traumatic events, allowed a greater level of healing - particularly coupled with regulat talk therapy.
Cons: Sessions left me seeing shadowy figures moving just on the perifory of my vision. Had feelings of a 'presence' in the room when I knew I was alone.

The practitioner was thorough and well trained - although some sessions were overwhelming and left me open to more attack in the abusive relationship I was in at the time. I think it was worth doing and would recommend it to others.

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PoetMan
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Registered: June 2007
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 32
Review Date: Mon July 9, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
Pros: see in review
Cons: see in review

I have been using EMDR as a treatment for PTSD with my Psychologist who trained in EMDR therapy techniques. I would say quickly that my PTSD is in all probability caused from a combination of traumatic events; in my youth, as an adult, and as recently as three weeks ago. The bases of the treatments to date have been directly related to being raped at age 13 and another attempted at age 16 (I AM A SURVIVOR). So far, I have had only four treatments but can report the following observations that may answer a question for someone; 1. I would say that this technique has made remember some of the senses and feelings that I had not remembered for a long time about the rape. It brought back memories of parts of the rape very vividly I would say. I do think though that this may be a good thing so that I can deal with all of the repressed feelings that I have been harboring for the last 40 years. 2. I have noticed that for three to four days after the EMDR treatments that I will have significantly more nightmares, not only about the rapes but also about other traumatic events that have occurred. 3. I find that after these sessions I feel both mentally and physically exhausted and that this usually takes about an hour or so. I should say that I find all forms of therapy seem to leave me with feeling this way. 4. I find this treatment causes my headaches to become more prominent during the course of the sessions. I do not see my headaches increase with other forms of therapy however; I may get a small spike. I will be continuing with these treatments, which I have not had for about three weeks, as there was a very traumatic incident that occurred. My head Psychiatrist and Psychologist have been treating me for this incident although they are going to decide about using EMDR to treat the most recent trauma. As for anything about long term I cannot say, however; I look at EMDR as another form of therapy to help in getting to a place where I can return to work and to try to get beyond where I am at this point in my life. Aside from being treated for PTSD, I am being treated for BPD, Panic/Anxiety, Migraines, and problems with sleep. I am also receiving other types of therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Hypnosis, and in a Group setting with other Psychologists and Psychiatrists. I dont know the cost for treatments as I live in Canada so there is universal health care to pay the costs. I shall post here again after I get further treatments. John Hamilton (PoetMan)

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sunrise
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Registered: January 2007
Location: U.S.
Posts: 10342
Review Date: Fri March 9, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Helped me resolve childhood traumas quickly. I felt great afterwards, like true healing had occurred.
Cons: I experienced no negative side effects.

I highly recommend EMDR for people wanting to heal past traumas that they are "stuck" on. The only slight downside is it takes a whole session to do one "target." Sometimes when I begin a therapy session, I don't know that I am going to need EMDR that day and then we figure it out and have to defer until later. So you have to plan in advance. Sometimes the EMDR protocol seems overly structured to me. These are nitpicks. I really like it! I recommend doing EMDR with a trained practitioner of Level II or above. I do not recommend this technique for "self help" at home unless you are experienced at using it in therapy. A book on EMDR that I recommend and that is highly accessible to the non-practitioner is "Emotional Healing at Warp Speed: the Power of EMDR" by David Grand.

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Speeddemon
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Registered: July 2006
Location: Ballwin, MO, USA
Posts: 41
Review Date: Wed October 4, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fast, helped me through many traumatic situations.
Cons: Had to temporarily relive the traumas/

See pro's and con's.

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Rhapsody
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Registered: January 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 9906
Review Date: Tue June 20, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Quick Healing and Easy to Use
Cons: None - IMHO

This type of therapy is fairly quick and easy to use.... it can help create great healing in an other wise unknown issue (point of origin) with the proper professional help, and is easy to learn to use at home or while in an crowded place when anxiety strikes.

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