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What in the world is EMDR?

**I just wanted to preface this with saying that this article was what I found on my own research and how I interpreted it. It has come to my attention that after attending a session with a licensed professional, my deductions were incorrect and you can read about what EDMR is in my first blog post about counseling HERE.**

Hello my lovely internet friends! I’m hoping to write more than I did in March, which means I’m already exceeding those expectations…since I didn’t write at all in March.

But as I said in a previous post, I’ve had a puppy, and between snow and sickness and more sickness (of the head cold kind), I just didn’t have the motivation to write. And now I’m back, ready to discuss many awesome things with all you wonderful people.

Monday of this week I went back to see a counselor for the first time in about a year. I had a very bad week where I spent the majority my hours awake feeling sick to my stomach – something I had never once experienced for that long of a time. Since then, I have been noticing my old habits are coming back, my overly anxious and paranoid thoughts are creeping back in, and triggers that used to not phase me anymore have started to make me jump. I decided, regardless of price, I needed to get back into a therapists office for a little phobia tune up.

As it turns out, and this may not come to a shock to many of you, but a lot of counselors have never heard of emetophobia. And the ones that have very rarely have treated someone with emetophobia. I got lucky that the counselor I had throughout my college years was also treating four other students with emetophobia, but I think that’s a rarity. It always surprises me because for it to be one of the more common phobias, yet trained and licensed therapists haven’t heard of it or treated someone with it is just strange.

Thankfully, my therapist I’m seeing now has at least heard of the phobia and knew what it was. She did admit she’d never personally treated a patient with emetophobia, but was willing to research and learn everything she could to help me. I actually really appreciated the gesture.

Anyways, at the end of this session, she mentioned she was going to do the standard CBT but also try something known as EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

I have never even heard of this type of therapy, and basically from what I’ve read on it, it’s a form of psychotherapy that has you focus on something like the sound of a foot tapping, the therapist moving their finger in front of your eyes and following it… and then asking you to recall a traumatic experience and the emotions that came with it. Then, once you’ve done that you recall a happy experience, and try to associate the bad experience with the happy feelings. I also learned that EMDR is used to help treat PTSD sufferers, and according to more of my research, emetophobia sufferers have similar characteristics to someone who suffers from PTSD. This means that, theoretically, EMDR should be extremely effective for emetophobia.

I hope that I can take the plunge into EMDR therapy and give you all the inside details on how it works, how well it works, and if I think it’s actually useful. Have any of you ever heard of this therapy prior to now? And have any of you actually ever tried this form of therapy, either for emetophobia, PTSD or general anxiety? Let me know!

In the meantime, I’m looking for more guest bloggers for my Emetophobia & Me segment! If you want to tell your story, either publicly or anonymously, just shoot me an email at youmeandemet@gmail.com and I’ll discuss any questions or concerns you may have about sharing your story.

Okay well I think that’s everything for today. Be on the lookout for some new stuff, I’ve been brainstorming a lot to try and find cool new things to do with this blog. So I hope to start implementing those soon.

Until next time Internet!

If you would like to email me, you can send any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions to contact@hashtagfearless.com. I will do my best to respond to you within 48 hours, but if for some reason I cannot get back to you in that time frame, I promise I will always respond as soon as possible. You can also find me on  FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram

Lastly, I run an Emetophobia Support Group on Facebook. Emetophobia is the intense and irrational fear of throwing up, and it is one struggle I am passionately engaged in. The group is a closed, by request only group to help facilitate sharing and support by all members. It is also private, meaning that the posts you and others make will not show up publicly in your newsfeed.

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