fawnly

246d

Hi guys,
I've been told over the years I might have PTSD or CPTSD and I'm just now starting to confront these issues. My therapist wants me to try EMDR but I'm scared. Has anyone tried it? what was it like? did it help? thanks!

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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  • Sovahona

    246d

    Yeah I have done it, it is much better than any traditional therapy. Going to start doing it again here soon.

    • fawnly

      246d

      I've heard it could cause flashbacks and increased anxiety for a while, do you agree? I'm worried about that

      • knivesoverspoons

        246d

        it definitely increased ptsd symptoms for me, usually the day after a session. But the symptoms seemed less distressing if that makes sense? My flashbacks were more frequent but less intense. It's been like 6 months since I finished my last session and my symptoms have almost completely gone away

  • Sovahona

    246d

    I did not experience that. Everything has a risk associated to it, you just have to decide if the possible benefits outweigh the risks, for me it does as my PTSD ca be crippling. I also try to not live in fear.

    • fawnly

      245d

      yeah I think it's best for me to try... thanks :)

  • rosescnt

    246d

    As someone who's done pretty extensive EMDR, I think it's well worth the risks. While I did, at times, have flashbacks, they decreased the more EMDR I did. It helped me greatly ❤️

    • fawnly

      245d

      I'm happy it helped you!

  • knivesoverspoons

    246d

    EMDR was extremely helpful but make sure you are doing it with a therapist you really trust and don't be afraid to talk to them about your concerns. It can be very intense and emotional. My last therapist would push me to do EMDR even when I wasn't in a good place mentally and that really sucked. You have to have good self-care routines outside sessions for it to be successful.

    • fawnly

      245d

      I see. I'll have to wait then because I need to find someone new that can do it...

  • Annie24

    245d

    I’ve tried it via YouTube. DON’T do it via YouTube. Go to a trusted therapist!

    • fawnly

      245d

      oh man that doesn't sound good I hope you're ok!

    • crocodilegold

      245d

      oh no, what happened, if i may ask?

  • Betzkate

    245d

    I found it lessened symptoms

  • angrysloth

    245d

    emdr is really intense during and just after the sessions, but in the long run was very helpful for me. triggers are less triggering, flashbacks less intense and less frequent, and if it starts getting bad again they can help you set up a “safe place” that you can program your body to relax when you put yourself there in your mind… if that made sense? it was really helpful for me 😅

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