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What Is EMDR? EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a treatment used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It involves the patient remembering the past traumatic event while reacting to some type of stimulus.
Some of the stimuli are hand taps, sounds and eye movement. The patient follows the therapist’s hand with the patients eyes. Some therapists believe that eye movement is not necessary and as long as the stimulus is there.
While reacting to the stimuli, a usually inactive part of the brain triggers and becomes active. This part of the mind helps the patient release emotion and deal with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder better.