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Old 05-24-19, 11:38 AM
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Have any of you heard of (or tried) EMDR? It's apparently a type of therapy designed for trauma, and one of my practitioners recommended that I consider it, particularly to address the social and performance anxiety secondary to my ADD.
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Re: Emdr

I've tried it a year ago to deal with childhood bullying and other issues (anxiety, depression).

It was ridiculously expensive here ($150 for 45 mins) so I only went there twice, with the second one being a double session.

Be prepared that it requires a bit of suspension of disbelief as you will probably be seated in front of a "light rod" where your eyes should focus on a dot that quickly moves left/right and back again. While also focusing on tapping your legs with your hands in a certain pattern and (possibly) listening to some sound in headphones (my T did not do that last part).

While the above is going on I was to close my eyes and tell the T about the traumatic experience. I think it worked fairly well the first session (we focused on one issue per 45 mins), as I felt some kind of relief when leaving.

The second time started out good, but in the second 45 mins she seemed to want to stop me or direct me when I went out on a tangent in my "story" which felt kind of weird - I think it would have been better had she let me continue.

Anyway - after that I didn't really think the cost/benefit was good enough for me to continue. I've heard others say that you need like 10 sessions for it to be effective - and I can see that it probably could help.
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Your description of your second session is kind of why I'm hesitant. We're supposed to pick an event and stick with it? What do I choose? How will I possibly stay on a topic that I've trained myself for so long to try and park so it doesn't stay with me all day?
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Your description of your second session is kind of why I'm hesitant. We're supposed to pick an event and stick with it? What do I choose? How will I possibly stay on a topic that I've trained myself for so long to try and park so it doesn't stay with me all day?

Its up to the therapist to choose the event.
Generally you dont want to start with something that is maximally threatening.


It usually takes a number of sessions-- 5-10
If you think it is expensive look at the cost of long term medication or long term emotional instability interfering with your employability.
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Re: Emdr

I think emdr may help for depression or anxiety but not for adhd.
Is there anyone who has completely and permanently been treated just by emdr?
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Your description of your second session is kind of why I'm hesitant. We're supposed to pick an event and stick with it? What do I choose? How will I possibly stay on a topic that I've trained myself for so long to try and park so it doesn't stay with me all day?
I have a bit of a photographic memory when it comes to my childhood (when the events induced high stress/emotions) and I've ruminated a lot on these memories, so it wasn't hard to choose.

If no such memory can be produced, I'm not sure how effective the therapy would be. I think it was designed to deal with traumatic experiences mainly?

I'm currently in "talk therapy" and it feels like I get more bang for the buck there. Sure, had I known for sure that EMDR would help me I would have stayed for 10 sessions or so, but I could feel a clear decline in the helpfulness even after said second session, so that is why I left.
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I think emdr may help for depression or anxiety but not for adhd.
Is there anyone who has completely and permanently been treated just by emdr?

I would be really surprised if ADHD could be fixed by EMDR. Its mechanism of causation is very different to emotional trauma.

However people with ADHD may have an element of trauma that is treatable by EMDR. As a rule ADHD individuals have emotions that are more difficult to stabilise, and they are likely to stay hyperaroused longer after a trauma.
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Your description of your second session is kind of why I'm hesitant. We're supposed to pick an event and stick with it? What do I choose? How will I possibly stay on a topic that I've trained myself for so long to try and park so it doesn't stay with me all day?

All these issues should be addressed in the first session - which is usually about taking a full history and choosing a suitable subject.
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