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Brain Scans Show Effectiveness of EMDR

Here’s yet more scientific evidence showing the effectiveness of EMDR. In this article, Dr. Daniel Amen shows through the use of brain scans the immediate positive results of EMDR on the PTSD affected brain. Scans are taken and results shown before, during and after EMDR

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Anxiety and Depression Due to Trauma

Anxiety is universal and is part of our brain’s design to keep us safe from harm. Anxiety is what keeps you from walking down a dark alley in an unsafe neighborhood where you might face harm, and instead retreat into safety. However, as too many know, anxiety can function in overdrive, stealing sleep, peace of mind, and enjoyment of daily life. For the trauma survivor, it can look different from other types of anxiety as this article explains. EMDR therapy is one of the most effective and efficient trauma therapies available and allows the brain to process and release the trauma from the past. The brain then no longer has to maintain its vigilant, anxious guard against danger and can rest in a safe and relaxed state.

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Addictions, Habits, Brain Plasticity

Our brains are tremendously skilled at learning; forming new connections and pathways based on the behaviors and habits we engage in regularly.  These pathways once formed are often permanent.  That’s why the phrase “Once an addict, always an addict”, is an accurate description and why someone after years of abstinence from a substance or alcohol can immediately return to addictive patterns upon engaging in the behavior.  Younger brains appear to be especially vulnerable; we know that most who are addicted to nicotine started this habit in their teen years.  This  places in question our society’s current trend in legalizing “recreational” drugs such as marijuana.  This excellent article further describes the “Habit Making, Habit Breaking” cycle from a Christian perspective.

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Running improves health and mood

I’ve always been a big fan of exercise as it simply feels good!  More and more evidence is accumulating as to its positive effects not only on physical health, but also on mental and emotional health.  Here’s another article discussing the many benefits of running.

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The importance of forgiveness in relationships

How do long term marriages or even friendships survive.  It requires a combination of commitment , perserverance and forgiveness.  No relationship can survive every slight being talked about and processed, neither can it weather never addressing conflict.  Proverbs 10:12 says “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses,” and 1 Peter 4:8 says “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”  So I think if we are able to truly  let offenses go without developing bitterness and resentment and thus hindering the relationship, that is the way to go.  However if on honest examination, someone else offense is causing us to harbor hurt, resentment and bitterness we need to talk it through.   

 Here is a a great article by Dr. Henry Cloud that addresses the need for forgiveness in marriage.

 

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EMDR discussed by leading traumatologist

Bessel van der Kolk , one of the leading traumatologists in the world in this video  discusses the difficulty in processing traumatic events with talk therapy, and the effectiveness of EMDR in treating PTSD.

 

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