A GIF to actually help people..... ...instead of celebrating victimhood. I study EMDR at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. EMDR is a treatment method used
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A GIF to actually help people....

...instead of celebrating victimhood.

I study EMDR at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. EMDR is a treatment method used to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, and reduce the emotional intensity of traumatic memories. If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD, or even just has some really bad memories from the past you just can't shake (I had a girlfriend cheat on me 2 years ago, and I'd still have nightmares about it), here's what you can do about it:

- Dowload this GIF and view it full screen. Sit with your face approximately 35cm from the screen (about 12 inches).
- Close your eyes and think about the memory you'd like to modify. Try to picture an image which perfectly sums up the memory. Pay attention to any physical reaction or sensation you may feel when you think about it, and try to locate it (eg tightness in the chest, a "spaced out" feeling in your head, etc)
- Think of a phrase that sums up the memory for you (eg "I feel helpless," or "I have no control.")
- That firmly in mind, open your eyes, wait for the steady dot in the middle of the screen, and when the dot starts moving side to side, track it with your eyes without moving your head.
- As you move your eyes back and forth, try to keep that image, that feeling, and that phrase in your head as best you can.
- When the dot stops moving, close your eyes and think about those three things again.
- Repeat this 3 or 4 times.
- If a new image, or new phrase, or new sensation pops up, repeat this process with the new memories.

That's it. Do this a couple of times in a row, and then stop. After an hour, try to recall those memories, and you'll find that you might have trouble picturing that image your created, and the negative feelings you have might feel diminished.

EMDR was pretty much discovered on accident about 25 years ago by an English teacher named Francine Shapiro. Without any psychological training, her explanations for why this treatment was effective were very naïve and ignorant. As a result, EMDR was ignored by the scientific community for about a decade. It wasn't until years worth of success stories came around that researchers started paying attention. All the research we have suggests that EMDR is a very effective treatment for PTSD and other traumatic memories, but we are currently mystified as to why it works. The research I do is geared toward understand the mechanisms of its functioning.

I hope this helps someone.

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User avatar #1 - onderdonk (08/30/2014) [+] (8 replies)
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Now, obviously, looking at a gif on a computer screen is no substitute for seeing a doctor. If you have serious trauma you are trying to deal with, as helpful as this may be, you should really speak to a healthcare professional.
#7 - onderdonk (08/30/2014) [-]
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I thought I had made this gif on infinite loop, but it doesn't look like it. Here's another one that might work better
I thought I had made this gif on infinite loop, but it doesn't look like it. Here's another one that might work better
User avatar #19 - ncg (08/31/2014) [-]
Was i the only one expecting a jumpscare?
#2 - kiaserzerg ONLINE (08/30/2014) [+] (5 replies)
does this work for gunshots, abandonment issues, my family dropping me in the woods when i was 12, or being mauled by a wild animal?
#23 - EdwardNigma ONLINE (08/31/2014) [+] (4 replies)
But then whats the point? I understand the reasoning behind trying to change memories, but if I can just will away my unhappy memories, then they were all in vain. These sufferings have made me the man I am. I look back on my life and I remember all the bad things that have happened to me, the immensely frustrating life I have led, and it drives me. I never want to see other people feel that way, to hate living the way I hated it. I see people depressed and hating life, and I want to help them, even if it won't work, I want to try. Changing my memories might make me happier, but if I do, do I not risk losing that which makes me a kind and sympathetic person? Would I not lose that which makes me human?
#43 - jayfizzle (08/31/2014) [-]
Someone called me gay on the internet once. The PTSD is too strong for this method
#47 - Womens Study Major (09/02/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Don't know if you'll read this.

But thanks, this helps me
#48 to #47 - onderdonk (09/02/2014) [-]
I got your back anon, I got your back.
I got your back anon, I got your back.
#44 - cmndrfatty (08/31/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Could this be used for brain washing people?

Remember on Avatar: The Last Airbender Episode 34 - City of Walls and Secrets?

My mind just got blown because of this episode. Towards the end they are spinning a lantern in front of Jet and making him think that the war doesn't exist. It's somewhat similar to the gif.

Source for the episode: kissanime.com/Anime/Avatar-The-Last-Airbender-Season-2/Ep-34-City-of-Walls-and-Secrets?id=72916
#21 - Whetstone (08/31/2014) [-]
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User avatar #8 - MrMustacho ONLINE (08/30/2014) [+] (1 reply)
i've known people in therapy who used this and it did help.
i would however advise against using this without profesional help because dealing with those memories can initially have some devastating effects

even with a theraphist at your side this won't work untill you're prepared and ready to deal with your issues
#42 - raideoactivepilot ONLINE (08/31/2014) [-]
That's gay. I'ma just stick to weed and awesome food to eat stoned.
That's gay. I'ma just stick to weed and awesome food to eat stoned.
#32 - piclesmeme (08/31/2014) [-]
instructions not clear enough, got my dick stuck in ceiling fan Ive read about this though, neat stuff
#30 - Womens Study Major (08/31/2014) [-]
this is defintely going to help me
#22 - droner (08/31/2014) [-]
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User avatar #20 - dancingdoggy (08/31/2014) [+] (1 reply)
I have something I think about all the time - a death of someone very close to me, and stupid mistakes I made at the time. I worry I think about it too much - it's been almost 7 months.
But I also worry that trying to get over it would be a betrayal to her memory. I feel like I deserve the pain. I don't want to get over her death. That seems wrong.
#18 - Womens Study Major (08/31/2014) [+] (1 reply)
#17 - megamouth (08/31/2014) [-]
how do i save a big versoin of this
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#12 - Womens Study Major (08/31/2014) [-]
**anonymous rolled image** Dude I was thinking about something really messed up and now I can't remember what I was thinking... You messed up my brain brah...
#11 - goldengohan (08/31/2014) [+] (4 replies)
why don't people just take propranolol?
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