"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is
a comprehensive, integrative method of individual psychotherapy in which the therapist guides the client through a procedure
to access and resolve troubling experiences and emotions.
The underlying premise of EMDR is that panic and anxiety experiences
are processed differently by the brain than are usual experiences. One theory of memory is that during severe stress a part
of the brain responsible for modulating emotions (the amygdala) temporarily shuts down another part of the brain responsible
for usual memory processing (the hippocampus). The traumatic experience is trapped outside of the usual brain processing power,
and EMDR allows the client to access the experience and transform it to declarative memory using the hippocampus.
EMDR is most commonly used to address emotional disturbance related to disturbing
or traumatic events such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition to reactions to trauma, EMDR is used to help
troubling symptoms such as anxiety, depression, guilt, and anger. It can also be used to enhance emotional resources such
as confidence and self-esteem."
Taken from www.energyhealing.net/emdr.htm