Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Featured Resource - Emotional Freedom Technique

This week, I am featuring one resource that I have found particularly beneficial in decreasing - if not at times completely getting rid of my symptoms of PTSD and depression. This resource is called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It is a form of acupressure that involves the emotions and the internal ‘Life Force’ (Chi, Chakras).

We all know that dissociative disorders begin in the mind and manifest themselves through various physical ways including insomnia, anxiety, arrhythmia, depression, high blood pressure, and migraines – just to name a few. Well, in the past – like most of you – I have gone to the doctor to be treated for these ailments…all of which are just symptoms of my various dissociative disorders. The cause of these physical illnesses were never really addressed (partly my fault of course).

I don’t know about you, but I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I wasn’t getting anywhere fast with my therapist (I didn’t want to relive my trauma), and my psychiatrist just continued to increase the dosage on my anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medication – which did little to reduce the constant manifestations of other physical symptoms from my psyche. I was even prescribed pretty heavy-duty anti-seizure medication for migraine and absence seizures. I was taking medication to pick me up, bring me down, make me sleepy, keep me awake, give me diarrhea, make me constipated, push me/pull you, back and forth adjusting dosages - until one day, I’d simply had enough! I told my therapist that I wanted to stop treatment...such as it was (again, I’m taking responsibility for the non-progress of therapy) and began searching for alternatives. After looking through a hoard of mental health listings in my local area, I began to notice that some therapists offered EFT. I didn’t know what it was, so I looked it up online and was instantly intrigued.

I eventually came across a website for Gary Craig – the person who ‘created’ the EFT method, but I noticed that his materials were out of my price range and targeted at mental health professionals. I continued to search and found Steward Robertson’s course called EFT Total Immersion training. In a word – the price was right and I was so fed up with the medication I was on, I figured I didn’t have anything more to lose – so I ordered it.

Now, I have to say that I felt like a fool sitting around tapping myself here and there, saying the affirmation that was called for, but heavens help me – I didn’t want to continue to be a zombie and ‘pill popper’, either. And, I can say that I didn’t notice anything particularly different after my first session, my body was a little tender around the points that I’d tapped, due to me constantly tapping them for 10 minutes, but other than that – nada. The next time I applied the technique, however – I could immediately begin to feel relief from the migraine I had. It was terrific, especially since I’d been terrified of making it worse by tapping on my head and face.

I've had many successful sessions since then, and am first-hand testament that EFT works – and not just on migraines, either. It has helped me release some mental pain associated with my disorders and the nice thing about the EFT Total Immersion training program is it is a complete training program, not just those bits and pieces I saw on Youtube. I typically did my tapping in the bathroom so others at home wouldn’t see because as I said, I did feel rather silly about it.

For some it isn't a cure all, but if you continue to tap, it does provide you with some relief. Depending on what you're tapping, and how often you tap it, you may be able to rid yourself of certain undesirable habits and behaviors permanently.

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