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fawnly

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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!

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    • rosescnt

      830d

      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 ❤️

    • angrysloth

      830d

      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 😅

    • Betzkate

      830d

      I found it lessened symptoms

    • Annie24

      830d

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

      • crocodilegold

        830d

        @Annie24 oh no, what happened, if i may ask?

      • fawnly

        830d

        @Annie24 oh man that doesn't sound good I hope you're ok!

    • knivesoverspoons

      830d

      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

        830d

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

    • rosescnt

      830d

      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

        830d

        @rosescnt I'm happy it helped you!

    • Sovahona

      830d

      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

        830d

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

    • Sovahona

      830d

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

      • fawnly

        830d

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

        • knivesoverspoons

          830d

          @fawnly 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

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