EMDR Therapy Helpline: Veterans - EMDR Therapy Support

EMDR Therapy for Anxiety
EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) has become an effective alternative to anxiety and trauma treatments. Many veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of being exposed to crises and traumatic events on the battlefield. As a veteran, you know how severely a traumatic event can affect your quality of life. It can affect your mental health, triggering negative thoughts about yourself, and eventually result in constant anxiety.

Fortunately, there are therapies available for PTSD, and one of the popular and effective ways to overcome your negative thoughts is EMDR therapy. This therapy is grounded in many different theories of mental treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It involves the use of eye and hand movements and audio simulation to generate a positive effect.

ExtendaTouch veterans' support group is here to help you and other veterans in crisis to connect with fellow veterans who have gone through similar circumstances. You can also meet many family caregivers for veterans in our online support group. They can provide you with more details about EMDR therapy for anxiety.

Veterans Helpline
If you are a veteran with an anxiety disorder or a caregiver for a veteran with the condition, consider getting EMDR therapy. ExtendaTouch has a dedicated online veterans crisis line that you can use to meet with people who relate and have similar experiences. They can provide you with support and essential advice, in addition to sharing their experiences with you. Many of our members have experience with EMDR, and they can tell you whether it is an effective therapy and what to expect during and after the treatment.

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TheTechGuy, ExtendaTouch facilitator
Usually used for cases of PTSD. Mine was childhood abuse resulting in PTSD diagnosed late in life, but treatable at any age. This therapy grows new neurons in the areas of the brain where triggers reroute the awareness. With early childhood PTSD, the brain can only process at the age the event occurred, there is no access to logic when a PTSD trigger occurs. However, if you use bilateral stimulation(holding a vibrating buzzer in each hand, while the vibration moves from one to the other and back) while readdressing and talking about the trigger. This physical stimulation combined with the talk therapy grows new neurons to link that area of the brain back to the logic centers. During sleep is when this activity takes place. So get a good night's rest after a session. After that time, when you are triggered again back into that particular past trauma, you'll have the voice of logic back to help you see the world around you, beyond what you're traumatized about and start to take control over how you might respond. It gives your sight and mind back during those dramatic memories that can lock you into a triggered space. The R in EMDR is about reintegration. The memories and actions were always hidden from person being triggered, until after therapy. We must reconcile with the flood of memories about how we behaved during those events, and most importantly, how we responded towards loved ones. Usually not positive for them, so a time of forgiveness and healing is often needed to move on from being trapped. I would like to hear other's experiences that might not be childhood related but war related and how the reintegration for those experiences feels and works. Does anyone have a war time recovery story from EMDR?