EMDR: A Different Way for Patients to Look at Traumatic Memories
Thursday, July 31, 2014
By Bob Glissmann / World-Herald staff writer
A horrible accident, the brutality of war or childhood abuse can disrupt someone’s life years after the trauma.
Mental health providers can help people try to cope with trauma’s lingering effects, but counseling doesn’t always help people put events behind them.
Therapists at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and elsewhere are finding that a treatment regimen called EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, can help people move past the effects of trauma when other methods have failed. The method uses lights, tapping or alternating sounds with the idea of engaging both sides of the brain while the patient thinks about a traumatic event.
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