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Posted by Elizabeth on November 14, 1999, at 14:44:00

In reply to Back to trauma theory, posted by Morc on November 14, 1999, at 14:25:52

> Actually, when I started this thread, I had more in mind classical trauma theory. This approach was given up, it seems to me, by mainstream psychotherapy long ago, leading to psychoanalysis, then somatic (drug) therapies in its place. But now that there are better ways to unearth and process traumas (EMDR, for one, from what I've read), is this something to look into? I guess I'm curious if others have tried this route, especially if they've unearthed some deep causative factors, etc. The point is, ideally, healing the mind-brain of the effect of past traumas, without using meds. Any takers?

Here's another thing to be wary of: any therapy that claims to be able to unearth repressed memories of childhood trauma. Run away.

That said, people who do remember real traumas often respond to a combination of psychotherapy and medication.

EMDR is not exactly an ineffective therapy, but it is a fraud in that its only distinctive feature (eye-hand movements) has proven to be of no value - EMDR is no more effective than standard desensitization therapy (appropriate for phobias, which can be one aspect of PTSD).




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