I almost feel I should offer an apology before each post in this series. I am very biased in favor of EMDR therapy.
DBT was what saved me in my 20’s and made me functional enough to survive raising kids. Not worthless at all. A few years ago an event set off the PTSD so hard I barely able to work, crying, shaking, always afraid, and on edge. I was an absolute disaster and DBT skills weren’t cutting it this time.
The therapist I went to see referred me to a psychiatrist. I was put on a cocktail of medications to go with the DBT refresher course, but the symptoms didn’t improve by much. It was approaching a point where my therapist and I were discussing whether my anxiety would require me to go on disability and leave the work force.
Then I began seeing an EMDR therapist.
The impact was not only immediate, but it has held all these years since. I still have anxiety that crops up, I still get depressed, but I’m not lost in the hell of a full-blown PTSD flare every day. I sleep better, have better confidence in my abilities, and I can overcome the symptoms I do get.
I suggested it to a friend who had some anxiety issues and we agree, it’s some sort of magic. It has to be.
I’ll be covering what EMDR is, how it works, and the benefits in more depth as we move through this series. I also have someone who is training to be an EMDR therapist who will be doing a guest blog for us. I’m excited about this series because I get to share a form of therapy that is life-changing.
Can you imagine a life where you’re not always battling anxiety and depression? Can you picture what it would be like to have your PTSD triggers disappear? I’m telling you now, it’s possible. Check again next week when I dive into the ins and outs of this amazing process.
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