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PTSD: What is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)?
Many people who go through a traumatic event experience difficulty adjusting and coping with life for a time afterwards. But sometimes, these events can really shake up a persons’ life in a major way with the symptoms lasting for months or years. This severe anxiety disorder usually develops after any exposure to an event that causes psychological and or physical trauma. The sources of this trauma usually come from either experiencing or witnessing an event that is either real or perceived to be real life threatening to the person or someone else.
PTSD and Brain Function
The brain of the person suffering from PTSD produces very significant amounts of high beta waves (undesirable and associated with fear and anxiety) and very little amounts of alpha waves (necessary and associated with calm and relaxation). These alpha waves are also vital for the parasympathetic nervous system to function optimally. Through neurofeedback therapy, high beta waves are greatly reduced and alpha waves are increased throughout the brain. The result is a brain that learns to function effectively, a body that heals from the associated physical conditions/symptoms and learns to tackle stress appropriately, and a hopeful person who begins to experience tranquil, peaceful emotions that had long ago eluded him or her! With the qEEG or Brain Map as an assessment tool, we can see the electrical activity of the brain. We can then determine where and how the dysregulation occurs allowing us to develop treatment protocols to put the brain back into balance without medication.
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- Intrusive recall
- Intrusive re-experiencing
- Sleep disturbance/nightmares
- Intense psychological reactions when exposed to reminders of the event
- Numbness (restricted range of feelings)
- Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others
- Nightmares (sleep disturbance)
- General hyperarousal
- Exaggerated startle response
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PTSD: Case Study
Celina was an aspiring olympic gymnast living in southern California during her teen years. She used to take regular trips further south in California for fun with friends. On this particular trip, she and her friends were robbed and taken hostage to a location where they were held for a lengthy period of time. She experienced and witnessed some terrible things during this period before her parents and the police were able to rescue them.
Upon her return, she had nightmares and turned to drugs and alcohol to ease her symptoms. Her parents sent her to a number of treatment facilities where she finally became clean and sober, but she continued to have nightmares and recurring thoughts of what happened to her during her ordeal.
She began looking for solutions and came upon information about neurofeedback and the effectiveness on PTSD. She began with a regime of neurofeedback and counseling and after about 3 months, her nightmares were less frequent. Within 6 months her startle reflex was all but gone. After a year in treatment she no longer has recurring thoughts of the event, her nightmares have gone and her sobriety is much more comfortable.
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