Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Neurofeedback is a promising alternative to alleviate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. PTSD can adversely impact psychological processes associated with the brain, resulting in long-term consequences on psychosocial functioning. 

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a mental health condition that occurs in people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic or triggering event such as a serious accident, a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, combat/war, serious injuries, and other traumatic events. The condition could last months or even years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma. There are different types of treatment to help, such as medication or the use of neurofeedback.

How does Neurofeedback Help Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Neurofeedback works by helping individuals learn to become more aware and sensitive to their emotional and mental states in order to develop better self-regulation, self-awareness, and attention control, thus allowing for individuals to slowly and safely process and recondition their impact without becoming overwhelmed.

Initially, neurofeedback therapy will be used facilitate the development of a calm and stable mental state. The next phase is to permit the brain to access and to resolve the emotional expression of underlying traumas through decondition of emotional reactions that previously occurred whenever they spontaneously arose or were triggered by environmental stimuli.

Unlike medication, which has been reported to have numerous side effects, Neurofeedback therapy essentially has no side effects. The most common side effect reported from clients is feeling tired after a session. Side effects for medications for PTSD include, but aren’t limited to the following:

  • insomnia

  • anxiety

  • nausea

  • sexual dysfunction

  • diarrhea

Neurofeedback Therapy for Veterans

 

One in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have been identified as experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Symptoms can include agitation, irritability, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, severe anxiety, or mistrust. 

Traditional treatments for PTSD such as pharmacotherapy and medication address general symptoms, but have limitations. Medication, for example, sometimes has unwanted negative side effects and doesn’t correct the underlying cause. Talk therapy has been beneficial for some veterans, but ineffective for others. 

Veterans and those diagnosed with PTSD or have experienced a traumatic event, who have used neurofeedback report substantial improvements in the reduction of sleeping problems, anger management, stress management, etc. The clinic develops individualized plans tailored specifically to each person’s needs.