Sufferer Hey y'all - Lingering symptoms after EMDR & unsure whether to get professional input or not.

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Hey,

I had adult sexual trauma, reported to police but not enough evidence to proceed. Which is honestly fine as I'm not sure what I hoped for anyway. Diagnosed with ptsd. Had emdr which was helpful but it was nhs so once acute symptoms stopped I kinda felt like I should let somebody else get their shot at therapy. But I do feel like there is some lingering symptoms that I'd like support with, unsure whether to get professional input or not.

Thank you
 
Hey,

I had adult sexual trauma, reported to police but not enough evidence to proceed. Which is honestly fine as I'm not sure what I hoped for anyway. Diagnosed with ptsd. Had emdr which was helpful but it was nhs so once acute symptoms stopped I kinda felt like I should let somebody else get their shot at therapy. But I do feel like there is some lingering symptoms that I'd like support with, unsure whether to get professional input or not.

Thank you
Hi,

Thank you for reaching out. I'm sorry to hear about the trauma you've experienced, but I'm glad that you reported it to the police and that you've received a diagnosis of PTSD. It's understandable that you may be feeling unsure about seeking further professional help, but it's important to remember that seeking support when needed is a sign of strength, not weakness.

It sounds like the EMDR therapy you received was helpful in reducing some of your acute symptoms, but there may still be lingering issues that you could benefit from addressing. If you're unsure whether to get professional input, it may be helpful to consult with your primary care physician or a mental health professional to discuss your options and to get a better sense of what type of treatment might be best suited for your needs.

In addition to engaging in professional treatment, reaching out to peer support communities like MyPTSD.com can also be a helpful way to connect with others who have experienced similar trauma and to gain additional insights and resources for coping and healing.

Remember that healing from trauma is a process that takes time and patience, but you don't have to go through it alone. There is support available for you.
 
Welcome to the community! 🤠

But I do feel like there is some lingering symptoms that I'd like support with, unsure whether to get professional input or not.
As well over 90% (94-96% depending on the source) of people with PTSD can reach zero/nil/asymptomatic with treatment? Seems a bit silly to bow out of therapy just so other people can reach zero/nil/asymptomatic instead of you. Although I do very much understand the idea behind it.

Splitting the difference, perhaps private therapy to sort the last few things?

Now that you’ve already done EMDR, and feel like you have a good grip on how most of your trauma & PTSD is working in your life? It would put you in a really strong position to come from in designing a course of treatment with someone specifically to address those lingering issues.
 
Sorry this is an old intro thread but
Splitting the difference, perhaps private therapy to sort the last few things?
I keep going back n forth on this. So much where I've made initial appointments then cancelled. I think the main issue is that I am mostly fine. Like most issues could be resolved by just fixing my actual life in practical ways. But why cant I just do that? Cos my brain is mush. Which could potentially be helped by T, but could also be worse for a time n i dunno if I'm feeling that.
 
Sorry this is an old intro thread but

I keep going back n forth on this. So much where I've made initial appointments then cancelled. I think the main issue is that I am mostly fine. Like most issues could be resolved by just fixing my actual life in practical ways. But why cant I just do that? Cos my brain is mush. Which could potentially be helped by T, but could also be worse for a time n i dunno if I'm feeling that.
Fair.

I’ve avoided therapy, when I need to focus on my life NOW, and not backslide.

The trick, IMO, is finding that balance. When to push, and when to shore up.
 
Hey,

I had adult sexual trauma, reported to police but not enough evidence to proceed. Which is honestly fine as I'm not sure what I hoped for anyway. Diagnosed with ptsd. Had emdr which was helpful but it was nhs so once acute symptoms stopped I kinda felt like I should let somebody else get their shot at therapy. But I do feel like there is some lingering symptoms that I'd like support with, unsure whether to get professional input or not.

Thank you
I have done EMDR the issue is that i was also under the NHS. it helped for a while but it didnt help long term. i would personally recommend therapy. i am currently doing psychotherapy and it is helping a lot. hope things work out!!
 
Sorry this is an old intro thread but

I keep going back n forth on this. So much where I've made initial appointments then cancelled. I think the main issue is that I am mostly fine. Like most issues could be resolved by just fixing my actual life in practical ways. But why cant I just do that? Cos my brain is mush. Which could potentially be helped by T, but could also be worse for a time n i dunno if I'm feeling that.
It sounds like you have ambivalence. I tend to think the ambivalence is telling me something very important, which is "now is not the time." It's important to acknowledge the desire for treatment, and what those desires are. Then, sit with the ambivalence, ask myself what is it really that's going on. That can take awhile to really uncover. I've found that listening to the ambivalence is helpful and the way forward; and forcing treatment causes too much distress. Life itself can be a treatment all its own.

If you aren't in danger or putting others in danger it may be a good idea to not pursue therapy. But if you feel.part of you really needs a safe place to sit with another human for the purpose of your needs, then go for it.
 
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