The Psychiatrist doctor of our hospital Dr. Mehtap Yılmaz Bolat, gave an information about emdr treatment subject.
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a method of psy-chotherapy that is best known for it’s use of eye movement. It is an innovative clinical treatment, which has successfully helped over one million people who have experienced psychological difficulties which originate from some kind of traumatic experience, such as sexual abuse, childhood neglect, road traffic accidents and violence. EMDR is also successful in treating other complaints such as performance anxiety, self-esteem issues, phobias, and other trauma related anxiety disorders.
EMDR begins in 1987 with Shapiro’s accidental discovery that eye movements can reduce the severity of disturbing thoughts. His work on victims of Vietnam veterans, rape and sexual abuse was published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 1989. Turkey met with the EMDR in the 1999 earthquake.
It has been applied to people exposed to depression by foreign experts. The EMDR is based on the Adaptive Information Processing Model. After learning about the event in the adaptive information processing model, mstorage is done in an appropriate manner in order to guide our future response. However, when we encounter traumatic or very disturbing events, this system becomes corrupted and learning does not occur. Emotions, thoughts, symbols, sounds, bodily sensations are stored as they are experienced. For this reason, some of today’s circumstances are triggered by these isolated memories, and the person is affected as if he resurrected some or all of that moment. EMDR is a physiologically based therapy that allows the processing of isolated memories. It allows the brain to do the same thing that he could not do in its time. EMDR utilizes the natural healing ability of the brain and allows it to heal psychological problems at the same rate as the rest of the body heals physical wounds. Because EMDR allows the mind and body to heal at the same rate, treatment can be rapid. The number of sessions required for EMDR treatment, however, will vary according to the complexity of the issues being dealt with.
In general, the more isolated the traumatic memory being treated, the shorter the treatment tends to be.
EMDR is widely used in many psychological disorders worldwide.
- Phobia, panic disorder (aircraft, school phobia, insect phobia, animal phobia and others)
- Depression - Workers under intense work stress
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Severe sadness and age reaction after death
- Traumatic gentenal symptoms of childhood adolescents
- Personality Disorders
- Child wetting, tic disorders, stuttering - Sleep Disorders
- Family, marital and sexual problems (sexual desire, vaginismus and performance anxiety)
- Substance abuse, pathological gambling
- Conversational fainting (Dissociative disorders)
- School - course - test-anxious
- To improve performance in business, art and sports
- Migraine, chronic pain, gostrointestinol symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea)
The EMDR is particularly effective in changing the negative beliefs such as worthlessness, inadequacy, disloyalty, lack of self - confidence, fear of failure.
Patient Opinion About EMDR
I am 40 years old. I’ve been on the plane seven times until this day. I was worried about getting on and off. Before I got on the plane, I took medication and I bought alcohol. But none of them could stop worrying. I chose a day when the air was open to get on the plane and made sure that the weather was cloudy even in the landing area. Because one time we planned a holiday with my wife. A two day little Budapest trip. But we failed. Although we organize everything from flight tickets to hotel reservation, to sightseeing and food places to eat, when we got up in the morning, I saw rain clouds filled with black clouds and I said I can not do it. We didn’t go. The deprivation of airplane comfort already made my life boring and after this last occasion I decided to solve it. As a result of my research, I discovered that I could come from this phobimine without medicine and in a short time. The problem was solved when I was trusting the doctor. Finally, I would like to say that I never expected it to be so quick and easy.