EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR is a therapy method that enables people to recover from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from demanding or traumatic life experiences.
Humans can have experiences that are too much, too difficult, or too overwhelming for a person to handle. Those types of events are ‘traumatic’. Traumatic experiences are stored in the brain and memories differently than other memories. They are ‘categorized’ as related to ‘life and death’ (danger) and therefore are not ‘processed’ by the brain as other information is processed and later used by the human brain.
These memories and their emotional and physical effect can be activated (triggered) whenever the brain assumes the person is in danger, leading to strong reactions in the here and now to situations that might not warrant such an intense fear or survival reaction. A response that was necessary for the past to survive but might be causing problems when that reaction surfaces in the here and now, when the person is not in danger.
The human body and brain can also change in how it operates due to traumatic experiences, resulting in many difficulties in life in dealing with emotions, relationships, and triggers, leading to chronic health conditions and affecting sleep, mood, and overall physical and mental health.