What Is EMDR?


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The Mayo Clinic defines EMDR as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. It is a type of psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Mayo Clinic reports that EMDR combines exposure therapy with a sequence of guided eye movements to help the patient process traumatic memories and change how she reacts to traumatic memories. Exposure therapy is a behavioral treatment designed to help the patient safely process a frightening event or memory so that she can learn to cope with it more effectively. These therapies help those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder gain control of persistent fear brought on by a traumatic event.

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