Emotions – the effect on the body.

Mental Health
When we experience strong emotions we try to process what is happening to us. As well as involving the logical brain this has an effect on our physical body. When traumatic events occur physical feelings of discomfort in the stomach, chest and other areas of the body are common. Images, sound and smells may become very focused in trauma situations. If these situations are not processed by the brain and resolved will generally leave a person hyper-vigilant to the sensory information that was around at the time of the distressing event. For example loud firework going off and soldier hitting the deck. The soldier is hyper-vigilant to sudden loud bangs. Hyper-vigilance to threat can include conscious and unconscious memories ; These can be triggered by smells, places, people, music or…
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EMDR and Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Medical, Symptoms
Medically unexplained symptoms are usually ongoing problems which cannot be explained by a clear medical condition. They include the following; Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Headache and Fibromyalgia.  These issues can be related to trauma, often in childhood, sometimes as a pre-verbal child and can also be related to trauma as an adult. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) is a therapeutic method which was originally developed to treat trauma by using bilateral stimulation to process events which encourages the brain to use adaptive information processing. This then allows the brain to re-consolidate the information, thus removing threat and fear. It is now used to treat a variety of psychological issues. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study has found evidence of major issues, both psychological and physical that are likely to result from…
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