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Thinking Outside the Box - EMDR

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You're in your car, headed to the store.

Your boss asks if they can see you for a moment and then asks you to close the door.

You hear a raised voice from outside.

Suddenly, you're panicking.  Maybe you feel terrified; maybe you're in tears.  The anxiety is overwhelming.  All you can think about is "Why is this happening?" and "I can't let anyone see how freaked out I am."

Everyone goes through trauma in their lives but for some people, that experience gets "stuck" in their brain. Instead of processing the event and moving on, the brain reacts to a seemingly harmless event by triggering the "fight, flight or freeze" reflex.

But just as therapies like ECT and TMS are showing remarkable abilities to help people with treatment-resistant depression, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy is doing the same for people with forms of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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