EMDR

PTSD 4: Treatment That Works

We’ve covered how the brain gets stuck in trauma mode, how physical movement can help, and that there are more women and children with PTSD than veterans. Now let’s talk about some available treatments with demonstrated results.

One technique is called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). It turns out that amazing things happen inside our brains when our eyes move back and forth. Consider for example how the best phase of sleep that rejuvenates your body is known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement). EMDR treatment for PTSD can have a similar result of rejuvenating your mind by interrupting that fight or flight signal that the trauma has triggered.

Other great therapies are out there as well. Peter Levine has pioneered Somatic Experiencing, and below is a video of this helping a Marine named Ray. Then there’s the incredible story of a Vietnam veteran using horses to help people reclaim their lives from PTSD.

If you’ve ever experienced trauma, whether from abuse, disaster, or combat, take action and get help. There are many options available so find one that fits for you. Like Teddy Roosevelt said, “The worst thing you can do is nothing.” 

Please check out these great videos…