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Posted by Toby on November 25, 1998, at 15:22:18

In reply to Re: FREE!, posted by Susan on November 25, 1998, at 2:40:44

Most of the therapists I know that do EMDR are Christian. I tell patients who worry that it is voodoo or anti-Christian that the Bible says we are wonderfully and strangely made, so this is just something that we've recently found out about ourselves and it allows us to essentially heal ourselves. You can go to the EMDR web site: and read about it and also they have phone numbers and addresses to find therapists in your area. Sometimes separate sessions are needed for people with multiple traumas or a history of longstanding abuse, but often, because of the way are brain makes associations between various events in our lives (both good and bad), EMDR does generalize to different events. It is rare that I see a patient for EMDR who doesn't make one or more connections to different events in their lives, even if the person initially thought there was only one thing they needed to work on. It won't cure genetically caused depression or bipolar disorder, nor psychotic illnesses or OCD. Those illnesses need to be treated with pharmacology. HOWEVER... we know that many people with longstanding depression and/or bipolar disorder have had traumas in their lives, either because the nature of their illness puts them in risky situations, or because they grew up in a chaotic home etc. These traumas will respond to EMDR and can usually make it easier to cope with the genetic illness, can alleviate the guilt that sometimes comes with having an illness like depression or bipolar, and help develop better coping skills to deal with bad situations that may arise in the future. Depression all by itself does not usually or automatically lead to bipolar disorder (I may be misunderstanding the question) and EMDR may not eliminate the need for mood stabilizers. HOWEVER... if by some chance a person has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder because of a chaotic unhappy irritable life that MAYBE could be due to early life traumas (i.e., a person has never been able to make good connections with other people, doesn't have good self control, is unhappy much of the time unless in a new relationship, things like that that could be due to growing up in a dysfunctional family of origin), then by getting rid of the burden of guilt, shame, lack of love, being able to place blame where it properly belongs rather than on yourself, and developing a better self image and getting some hope for doing better, then maybe medications wouldn't be needed anymore. I've worked with about a dozen folks with that scenario. If a patient really has bipolar disorder, meds are still needed but overall life functioning is much improved.




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