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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), first developed to help Vietnam veterans cope with stressful combat memories, is successfully used to help people with major and minor traumas. The therapy moves traumatic memories from the part of the brain where the memories are “stuck” into normal memory banks so the memories cause fewer problems. You feel less emotionally upset about past events and gain better understanding of the traumatic event. 

Initially, therapists guided people in using eye movements to stimulate the left and right sides of the brain. More recently, sounds and body stimulation also help access memories, interpret them and lead to a better self-awareness of strengths shown during the trauma. The treatment greatly reduces symptoms of past traumas in many people.

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If you or someone close to you is experiencing a crisis, call 911. Our inpatient unit can help people with extreme depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder (a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar), substance use disorders or other mental and behavioral health disorders. We have an entire team to help transition you safely back to outpatient care.

If you or a loved one needs help for mental thoughts or behaviors that are not life threatening but are limiting your well-being, call our Outpatient Behavioral Health Services number at (937) 208-6719(937) 208-6719 and press "0" to skip the prompts.

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Content Updated: May 9, 2018

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Behavioral Health Services.
Behavioral Health at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
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