Well, here's something I can put my two cents in. Although I do not have Bipolar (my BF does), my therapist is an EMDR specialist and does this type of therapy on me. It stands for Eye Movement Densitization and Reprocessing. To simplify the whole thing, it "moves things that are stuck."
So for example, I could go to my therapist with the issue that I continue to react to my BF's rages taking it personally when it is not. I get too emotional about it (which obviously causes problems for him/us). Traditional therapy would be to talk about it. EMDR involves not only talk therapy but you "go in" to find the root or cause of why I'm exhibiting this specific behavior. Many times, it goes back to a childhood thing. And it's not necessarily a traumatic event but rather a repetitive, learned behavior. Once you determine the cause, you understand the effect. From there, this is where you learn modification.
"Going in" involves several choices -whatever is more comfortable. You can close your eyes while holding devices in your hands which vibrate sequentially (which causes your eyes to move back and forth) while also wearing headphones that have a back and forth beeping (or some other sound) to keep the rhythm.
You can also keep your eyes open and watch a T-stand machine which has a light going from left to right and back again. To me, I find this very distracting. Closing my eyes allows me to get clearer thoughts.
During these times, you allow your mind to focus on the issue and whatever comes to mind, be it an experience, a feeling, whatever, is usually what is attached to the current issue.
It is extremely helpful for those with traumatic experiences/PTSD. I first went because I suffer from Chronic Fatigue and I felt it might be stress related. It's the best thing I've ever done. The more you do it, the better you are able to recognize your own triggers even outside of therapy. It's amazing.
My BF, however, who has BP, has just started with a new therapist who also does EMDR. She is introducing it very slowly to him because it is very strange for him and he has not yet reached a comfort level.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. I hope you have good luck as I have.
Last edited by angelblue65; 07-11-2005 at 02:06 PM.
I've had EMDR numerous times to help lessen the traumatic events of my father's emotional abuse and neglect. I think it's wonderful! It really does work- I can still remember what happened, but it doesn't really bother me anymore, an important step of moving on in one's life. However, if you're going to use EMDR for something other than trauma (for example, to get rid of bipolar disorder or anxiety), I can't say that this has been successful for me. My EMDR therapist has tried numerous times to stop my OCD with EMDR, and it just doesn't seem to work , but it's great for PTSD or horrible events! Good luck and God bless!
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THanks you guys, that does help me out alot. I researched it a while back but it was too technical for me to understand. That kind of puts it in a more practical prospective. No, I know it wont fix everything. But I do have alot of childhood trauma, mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and it all affects how I live my life today. And how its ruining me. I had alot of times in my past that I remember being abanndoned and EMDR may help me alot with getting over the fear of being on my own. I'm not exactly sure which method this doctor uses, but I'm willing to do anything at this point. Thank you for your input and I'm glad you had positive results from it. I will keep you posted as the process goes on.
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