Neurofeedback in Treatment of PTSD

Neurofeedback in Treatment of PTSD

Posted on: February 26th, 2018 by Neurohealth Associates

One of the common groups of people that suffer from PTSD is veterans. We are indebted to our nation’s brave men and women who risk their lives and suffer loss while away from family and friends. So when our military men and women return home we want them to get the help they need as quickly as possible.

Historically talk therapy has been the default route individuals suffering from PTSD are directed towards. Support groups, one on one, or even informal gatherings with fellow sufferers. Whether the PTSD was onset via war, for veterans, or by some other traumatic event for others. Talk therapy can at times be countertheraputic as discussing the trigger point can cause immediate regression. Whereas neurofeedback does not demand the patient be consciously thinking about the event(s) that brought on their PTSD. By using neurofeedback training to decrease activation levels in the limbic system and enhance the self-regulatory capabilities of the frontal lobe system, sufferers can experience PTSD symptoms while in a relaxed, focused mental state and use the frontal lobe’s ability to process, resolve, and release the traumatic experience.

Neurofeedback therapy, or EEG biofeedback, has been widely used for more than 30 years. During this time, it has gained recognition as an acceptable approach for treating conditions ranging from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) to anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and learning disabilities. 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 experience traumatic memories in order to process and decondition their impact without becoming overwhelmed. While the initial stage of the neurofeedback therapeutic process for PTSD is to 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 deconditioning of emotional reactions that previously occurred whenever they spontaneously arose or were triggered by environmental stimuli.

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Alpha waves are a moderate brain wave frequency at 8-12 Hz, and are important for deep relaxation

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