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Has anyone tried EMDR therapy and, if so, how did they find it?

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PostTraumaticStressDisorder Tue 31-Jul-07 12:57:11

Much to my surprise, I've just been diagnosed as suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I say I am surprised but in fact the diagnosis fits with my own self-image: a competent, happy and reasonably well-balanced person who is infrequently overwhelmed by an event in my life so difficult that I very rarely talk about it and, when I do so, I cry without control. I have been offered something called EMDR therapy to resolve the PTSD. http://www.emdr.com/index.htm. Frankly it seems a bit weird but I see that its been approved by NICE in the UK and given the highest approval rating by the Department of Veteran Affairs and Defence in the US and neither of those institutions are know for their 'soft' attitude towards the farthest reaches of medical practice.

I just wondered whether anyone else had tried it and whether it had worked for them.

I know I should have posted this in 'Feeling Depressed', but I'm not depressed!

Artichokes Tue 31-Jul-07 13:01:26

I have a friend who just trained in this. She is American. To be honest when she first told me I thought it was a crock of sh*t. The theory sounds barmy to me. I suffer from emetophobia and am a big believer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is nice and easy to explain etc.

However I do really respect this friend's opinion and she has used EMDR to treat loads of people with PTSD in various war torn parts of the world. She swears by it. She is so convincing that I am beginning to come round to the idea.

PostTraumaticStressDisorder Tue 31-Jul-07 13:35:59

Thank you Artichokes. I shared your initial 'crock of sh*t' reaction, but I'm swayed by what I've read on the Net and it will be combined with CBT. At some level it makes sense to me as I think I can work out for myself what has happened and how I feel about it, I just don't know what to do with those feelings.

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