When an event is stored in short term memory, it doesn't matter how long ago it occurred, it causes the symptoms associated with ongoing, immediate trauma. Chronic anxiety, re-living of the event through flashbacks, nightmares, poor concentration, an intensified "startle" response, guilt, inability to think toward the future without fear of another traumatic event, are all symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is most often associated with life events such as war, rape, natural disaster, and witnessing a violent death or crime, these same symptoms can also result from recurring memories of childhood abuse, a traumatic car accident, loss of a loved one through death or divorce, or the experience of life threatening illness.
EMDR facilitates the shift of the traumatic issue from short-term to long-term memory. Clients report an instant shift toward well being, a sense of release, a feeling of peace and acceptance, and a deep appreciation for their own strength after EMDR therapy.
Research shows that EMDR is effective as an intervention for PTSD, as well treatment for: