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The Eyes Have It. Traumatic experiences, such as rape, sexual or physical abuse, war experiences, or being the victim of a violent crime or terrifying accident may cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms may include depression, anxiety attacks, rage or aggressive behavior, suicidal tendencies, substance abuse, terrifying nightmares, and visual flashbacks in which the person re-experiences some of the emotions and sensations from the original trauma.

Francine Shapiro, PhD, a senior research fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, developed Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) after she noticed her own stress reactions diminish when her eyes swept back and forth while walking through a park. During treatment, a therapist asks patients to identify a vivid visual image related to the incident, along with related emotions and body sensations. While focusing on the image, negative thoughts, or sensations, patients simultaneously move their eyes back and forth, following the therapist’s fingers across their field of vision, for 20 to 30 seconds.

Patients are next told to “let their mind go,” observing whatever thought, feeling, image, memory, or sensation surfaces. The therapist helps them “process the association” and deal with any distress the images may cause–before moving on to the next focus. The primary objective is to “reprogram” the emotional brain so it stops continuing to react based on past experiences.

In 2002, The Journal of Clinical Psychology reported that 70 percent of EMDR participants achieved results in three active treatment sessions. It is one of four therapies given the highest recommendation by the US Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines for PTSD.

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11:27AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you.

11:51AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

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9:40PM PDT on Apr 24, 2010

I'm a nurse, and I believe that sometimes medications can help, but not for long term. If one is aware of their moods, that's half the battle. Sometimes, everyday positive activities can boost your mood.

2:24PM PST on Dec 26, 2009

In your statement, "Fifty percent of depressed and bipolar patients experience no improvement with antidepressants" you failed to cite your resource. In fact there is only one citation throughout the article. When recommending a therapy citations should prevail.

10:40AM PDT on Jul 1, 2009

PLEASE be conscious of what you are doing when you agree to take antidepressants! I have been on them for 25 years, not because I need them (but who knows?) but because I cannot get off them! I have tried to taper down sloly and I still cannot get rid of the last 5mg's or so. They screw up your brain's ability to make it's own neurotransmitters.
Don't get stuck on the antidepressant merry go round! Try natural remedies first. Excecise is a really good way to shrug off depression! If you need them, take them to be sure. They have been known to save lives when depression gets so bad you don't want to live anymore. But short of that, I say avoid them if you possibly can!

8:44PM PDT on Jun 14, 2009

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8:29AM PDT on Jun 4, 2009

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11:39AM PDT on May 24, 2009

The issue for me is that all "mental illness" is being treated as one disease. There are many types of serious depression and anxiety; however, we are just coming out of the ice age as a culture in terms of understanding the complexities of the mind. While there are abuses of medications, that does not mean we must discount the many people who have been literally saved from suicide by these medicines. That does not mean that if you have a mood swing people must run out to get drugs. Trust me, people who know what real depression/anxiety/etc. is would be grateful for a simple mood swing. I appreciate the recommendations of this article for general healthy living, but "eat right, exercise 5 times a week" is something that someone facing mental illness has heard and probably follows as much if not more than others. While I take as little as is necessary, medicine is what allows me to live a healthy and active lifestyle. It's not the mind-numbing, personality altering pill of teh past. We need to move on from our cultural naivity of mental illnesses.

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