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Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Experiencing a traumatic event affects your quality of life and can cause behavioral health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Regain your peace of mind and confidence with Avera Medical Group Behavioral Health Yankton’s innovative eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment.

Benefits of EMDR

During EMDR, you’ll follow a specific light pattern while recalling the traumatic event, which:

  • Allows you to access, process and resolve traumatic memories and other negative life experiences
  • Relieves emotional distress and helps reframe negative beliefs
  • Helps reduce vivid, unwanted, repeated recollections of traumatic events

EMDR effectively treats trauma from both extreme experiences – such as war or abuse – and everyday problems that might range from public speaking to phobias like fear of snakes and spiders. You can also receive EMDR treatment to address memories that create low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness and other problems. Watch a video highlighting how EMDR therapy helped someone with trauma distress.

The American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Defense recognize EMDR as an effective form of treatment.

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Know the Behavioral Health Warning Signs

Pay attention to these behaviors and get assistance right away by calling 1-800-691-4336.

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  • Acting withdrawn, sad or overly anxious
  • Extreme difficulty interacting with friends and/or family
  • Significant mood swings
  • Drop in school performance
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Increased or persistent use of alcohol or drugs
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Threats to self or others
  • Hallucinations, paranoia or delusion
  • Other sudden or extreme behavioral changes

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