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Oct 06, 2011
1:59 PM
My daughter has panic attacks that cause her to be blind and recently be paralyzed except for a hand or finger. It passes in a few hours. But it is very very hard to deal with. What kind of treatment should we get and how many people have this and live normal lives?

She is on an anti dpressant and a beta blocker and her attacks have stopped for now. She had one when someone tried to break in the house that she stays at. But that is all. Its been 2 weeks on the beta blocker and only 1 attack in that time. She is refusing to talk to anyone.

Please help!
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Oct 19, 2011
8:23 PM
Hi Sandra,

Conversion disorders usually come from trauma. Was the break-in the first time she had one of these, or was she traumatized by something else before these started happening? If so, EMDR could completely resolve it. It would be tragic if she has these attacks and takes medication the rest of her life, if she could be free of this completely with EMDR. If you can get her to go be evaluated by an EMDR therapist, be sure you find someone who has a great deal of experience and training in EMDR, preferably with similar cases. Please let us know what happens!


Last Edited by on Oct 19, 2011 8:24 PM
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Oct 25, 2011
2:24 PM
Hi....No the break in was not the first time. I dont know of any thing traumatic that has happened. SHe has always been a very sensitive child. She was sick for 3 months last year before they figured out her gall bladder was the problem. The attacks started 3 months after her surgery.

I may be dumb but what does EMDR stand for?

She has had only one attack since the break in attempt. But it passed quickly and didnt become blind or paralyzed.

She has just got out of the hospital...Sunday, She had her appendix out. We stopped the beta blocker for 4 days for her surgery and she has been fine. SHe is taking it again now though.

Can you reccommend a place to go to help us?
Thank you sooooo much!!!!!!!

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Oct 25, 2011
5:09 PM
Hi Sandra,

No, you are not dumb; EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and it's a phenomenal treatment that can resolve symptoms of trauma quickly and completely. You can read more about it on my EMDR FAQ page here: http://www.womenspsychotherapy.com/EMDR.html.

How old is your daughter, and where do you live? Let's see if we can get her some help. By the way, trauma comes in many forms. The break-in could have been traumatic, the medical proceedures or illnesses she's had could have been traumatic, etc. The more sensitive she is, probably the more likely events will be traumatic for her.


Last Edited by on Oct 25, 2011 5:09 PM

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