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Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Jan 13, 2023 | Replies (21)

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EMDR has been a life changing process for me. It is truly fascinating how the brain works. Processing between sessions can sometimes worsen anxiety- but the payoff is well worth it. EMDR is work- it has challenged every part of me. If you are someone who suffers from any trama- I would highly recommend trying. My PTSD has greatly improved. I am still in the thick of my EMDR processing but am so grateful- For reference- I am 34 years old suffered mental/physical trama for the first 26 years of my life.

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Me, too! Too few counselors are trained in this therapy!

@baci In case noone has welcomed you to Mayo Clinic Connect, please allow me to do so!

I sure am glad to read your post! Several years ago I had a few sessions with a therapist who is trained in EMDR, and I agree, it is work. Sometimes unpleasant as we come face-to-face with core issues. But getting through the hurdles, the way we feel later, and how much better life can look for us is a great result. I recall being stubborn, and feeling I maybe didn't want to address everything but once the ball got rolling, there was no way to stop it.

For those who have done EMDR, did you feel the physical and mental exhaustion I felt? How did you honor yourself going through this? At first it was difficult for me to convince myself it was "a good thing" to do. There are many different roads to take when addressing depression, and not every road is the right fit for each person. When we find the right combination for ourselves, it is life-changing!