What is the history of EMDR?
Psychologist Francine Shapiro designed the therapy in 1987 after observing how eye movements similar to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and conducted under certain condition can reduce the intensity of traumatic memories.
Who are the candidates for EMDR treatment?
EMDR has helped patients with PTSD, including victims of military combat, rape, physical assault ,or car accidents who continue to experience to fear or even pain from the memories.
EMDR helps many other mental health disorders, including common problems like anxiety and work-related stress. Here are other conditions it has been shown to relieve:
- Treatment-resistant PTSD
- Eating disorders
- Acute stress disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Compulsive gambling
- Sex addiction
- Borderline personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Addiction or abuse
- Excess grief
- Unresolved conflict