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.