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AngelL
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02 Aug 2021, 12:46 pm

I tried EMDR and it immediately scrambled my brain - couldn't do it. I had no idea but I've wondered for years what caused its ineffectiveness. Has anyone else here ever had trouble with EMDR?



DanielW
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02 Aug 2021, 12:53 pm

Yes, I've tried it without success. I've heard it can be helpful for some people, but it just caused me to "meltdown" it was too distressing for me so I won't try it again.

<I tried EMDR and it immediately scrambled my brain - couldn't do it. I had no idea but I've wondered for years what caused its ineffectiveness. Has anyone else here ever had trouble with EMDR?>



chaosmos
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04 Aug 2021, 7:01 am

My therapist also specialises in EMDR but I’ve been hesitant due to my hypersensitivity and fear of breakdowns or meltdowns that will affect my daily function…



PoseyBuster88
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11 Aug 2021, 7:40 pm

They have started doing it with things other than light now, like tapping/vibrating alternating hands. I haven't tried either, but the tapping/vibrating option sounds better to me since I'm sensitive to bright lights. I could see flashing a light in my eyes being more harmful than helpful.


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IsabellaLinton
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11 Aug 2021, 7:44 pm

I had a TIA immediately after my EMDR when I tried to stand up. Then I suffered a stroke.

I think it was definitely doing something purposeful, but the trauma was too intense for my brain to process.

I won't do it again.

My daughter does it with a different provider, and she loves it.