EMDR for PTSD
Serious events can occur in a person's life. These can range from an accident, (sexual) abuse to violence or war situations. Such a situation is called a trauma and takes a while to process. Processing consists of giving the trauma a place and then getting on with your life again. Occasionally, you may still look back on the event in question with emotion, but it has been given a place. When you do not succeed in giving a traumatic experience a place to live, we speak of an unresolved trauma. This can ultimately lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What is PTSD?
A trauma that you are unable to process can eventually lead to PTSD. The English name PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is also sometimes used. It is called a Stress Disorder, because an unprocessed trauma has such an impact that it can dominate your whole life. One of the most important characteristics of PTSD is avoiding situations, locations and people. In this way you want to avoid coming into contact with all those things that make you think of the trauma again. If you had given the trauma a place to stay, then you would have been able to look back at it, even though certain emotions are involved. Someone with PTSD absolutely cannot and does not want to remember the trauma. When avoiding situations, you isolate yourself and that is why many PTSD patients are socially isolated.