From an early age, I've always felt like a natural caregiver, but the irony is that I spent the first 16 years of my life enduring physical and verbal abuse from my own mother. Now, at 52, I look back on 26 years of struggling with PTSD triggers that seemed almost untamable. But here's the silver lining: I found a therapy that works for me, and I'm excited to share that even in the unpredictability of this COVID era, I've regained control over my emotions and my life.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy was a game-changer for me. This unique form of therapy doesn't just shift your thinking; it changes your brain chemistry. During EMDR sessions, I use hand buzzers that alternate vibrations while I close my eyes and discuss the issues bringing up my triggers. This physical stimulation, combined with talk therapy, helps me unravel and understand the emotional knots I'd been tied up in for years.
Being a curious person with a passion for science, I always give new treatments my full focus before moving on to something else. And let me tell you, EMDR worked wonders for me. I had been so lost, feeling constantly angry and upset, mistakenly blaming those around me. But through EMDR, I've learned that the root cause lay within my own mind, not outside of it.
Yes, after 16 years of abuse, there are still triggers lurking in the corners of my memory. But the wisdom I've gained from EMDR has empowered me to face them head-on. If you have any questions about my journey, I'm more than happy to connect and share my experiences.
Here's to finding solutions, embracing change, and living a life less burdened by the past.
I care(d) a total of 1 year for a male