5 EMDR Benefits That Everyone Can Experience

5 EMDR Benefits That Everyone Can Experience
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Our life is full of good and bad experiences. Whereas good moments give us positivity and zeal to live, bad moments can be accompanied by numerous consequences resulting in PTSD, anxiety attacks, depression, and numerous other mental health disorders. The negative experiences may be a result of military service, coping with the death of loved ones, chronic pain and other life-altering events.


It is essential to address negative experiences before they become too dangerous for the person to process. EDMR has been shown to be one of the best treatments for PTSD. EMDR (or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of therapy in which past, present and future experiences of the patient are addressed closely. All the negative thoughts associated with an experience are cleared from person’s mind with the help of a therapist. This method of therapy has many benefits which can be beneficial to everyone.


1. Address your personal history


Many people hold onto some beliefs based on the unfortunate events that happen throughout their lives. These experiences may include a traumatic childhood, bullying in school or college, etc. Rejection in your past can lead you to create self-limiting boundaries in your everyday life. For example, you may prefer to seat in the corner avoiding eye contact and only share your opinion when directly asked for it. These self-imposed beliefs could also make you feel that you are unworthy of attention or affection which can eventually lead to depression or low confidence. EMDR could help relieve you from the negative associations that these past experiences have on you.


2. Healing trauma


Research suggests that people suffering from PTSD can truly heal with EDMR therapy. This form of therapy can help a person process all their traumatic experiences through recurring therapy sessions. Under EMDR, both sides of the brain are engaged to reprocess distressing memories so that the person can confront all the bad moments and let go of them. This form of therapy has helped people suffering from depression, anxiety, grief, nightmares, abuse, bullying, and multiple other life traumas.


3. Efficient treatment


EMDR was designed in a very systematic fashion which often contrasts other popular therapy methods. Thanks to its efficient steps, patients are treated very quickly; often in a handful of sessions. New and old problems can be addressed through EMDR. It is important to note that not all details of a memory must be divulged with the therapist for this method to be effective which is helpful if you aren’t very vocal or hesitate to share your problems with others.


4. Helpful in treating everyday stress


People tackle numerous stressful situations every day and if daily stress isn’t treated on time it can lead to feeling burned out. You shouldn’t wait to treat overwhelming or constant stress because its effects can have negative health impacts. Attempt to schedule a recurring EMDR therapy session and release your daily stress so that you won’t feel burned out.


5. Self-improvement


EMDR isn’t just useful for people who are suffering from mental trauma or stress, it is also useful for people who want to deal with their negative thoughts. By dealing with your negative thoughts, you can improve your relationships, job outlook, health, lifestyle, social life, creativity and more. This method of therapy make you an optimist and change your attitude for the better. You can transform your negative thoughts by regularly participating in EMDR.


EDMR therapy is often beneficial for patients who try it. If you are trying to heal from past traumas or stressful situations, then EMDR might be a good therapy method to begin your mental health therapy journey.

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