Neurofeedback for PTSD
Neurofeedback training – an alternative treatment for pTSD.
Why NeurOptimal® neurofeedback?
The system we use for sessions and rentals is designed to focus on the central nervous system - the hub of all functions in the human body. Therefore, the specific type of problem, be it physical, mental or emotional, becomes less important. It is not surprising then, that clients have experienced successful outcomes across a broad spectrum of complaints.
The way global information based neurofeedback works is giving your brain intelligent information about itself so that it can optimize it’s functioning. That’s how it can be diagnostically agnostic. Basically, NeurOptimal neurofeedback is teaching the brain to be smarter, learning to come into the present to gather info before it makes a decision rather than doing what’s habitual— anxiety being a common brain habit.
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People using neurofeedback have experienced relief symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as anxiety, depression, anger, rage, cognitive impairment and sleep problems.
Below we've compiled the latest articles and research on neurofeedback for post-traumatic stress disorder using neurofeedback training as a drug-free alternative treatment.
“After my first session I went home and had a conversation with my boyfriend around a topic that usually makes me very angry. This time I was calm, grounded and had a sense of clarity. I have a history of easily feeling guarded and not safe and this was such a relief.”
– M. 35 year-old Acupuncturist in NYC
Research on Trauma & Neurofeedback
A Pilot Study of Neurofeedback for Chronic PTSD
Mark Gapen, Bessel A. van der Kolk, Ed. Hamlin, Laurence Hirshberg, Michael Suvak & Joseph Spinazzola
We found significant decreases in PTSD symptoms and affect dysregulation. Importantly, we have evidence that as PTSD symptoms decrease, it may cascade to other neural systems underlying self-regulation including affect regulation.
by D. Corydon Hammond
A robust body of research documents that there are biological predispositions that often exist for depression, anxiety, and obsessive–compulsive disorder. However, new research has shown that medication is only mildly more effective than placebo in the treatment of these problems. In treating these conditions, neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) may offer an alternative to invasive treatments such as medication, ECT, and intense levels of transcrancial magnetic stimulation. This paper reviews the neurofeedback literature with these problems, finding particularly positive research support for the treatment of anxiety disorders. New findings on the neurofeedback treatment of depression are presented.
Supporting neurofeedback as an alternative treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Articles & Interviews with leading trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Interview with Bessel van der Kolk on Trauma, Development and Healing by David Bullard.
"Is there anything in your own thinking that you feel has significantly changed in the last couple of years due to your continuing growth in the work and in all you are exposed to?"
"The biggest has been my exposure to neurofeedback (a type of biofeedback that focuses on brain waves, instead of peripheral phenomena like heart rate and skin conductance). In neurofeedback you change your brain’s electrical activity by playing computer games [WATCH: What happens in a NeurOptimal session] with your own brain waves. Learning how to interpret quantitative EEG's helped me to visualize better how the brain processes information, and how disorganized the brain becomes in response to trauma. What made it necessary to look for other, non-interpersonally-based therapies was the realization, followed by research that dramatically illustrated how being traumatized may interfere with the ability to engage with other human beings to feel curious, open and alive.
Learning how to interpret quantitative EEGs allowed me to actually visualize what parts of the brain are distorted by traumatic experiences, and this can help us target specific brain areas where there is abnormal activity and where the problem actually is. The trauma is not the story of what happened long ago; the long-term trauma is that you are robbed of feeling fully alive and in charge of your self.For example, for the part of the brain supposed to be in charge, after trauma it will have excessive activity, keeping people in a state of chronic arousal—making it difficult to sleep, hard to engage and to relax. We find neurofeedback can change the activity in parts of the brain to allow it to be more calm and self-observant.
In another example, the frontal lobes of traumatized people often have activity similar to that of kids with ADHD, which makes it difficult to attend with the subtlety that we need to lead nuanced lives."
In this webinar, Bessel Van der Kolk explains how he was introduced to neurofeedback. “I saw drawings that traumatized kids had done of their families (stick figures), then how they developed after 20 weeks of neurofeedback (real people) and after 40 weeks (an attached group). I was blown away by their development.” Click here to watch webinar.
Neurofeedback tunes key brain networks, improving subjective well-being in PTSD
How Neurofeedback specifically tunes key brain networks, to help battle PTSD. Pioneering research conducted at Western University (London, Canada) points to a promising avenue for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): utilising neurofeedback training to alter the plasticity of brain networks linked to the condition. Read article.
The Washington Post: Therapists Are Using Neurofeedback To Treat ADHD, PTSD And Other Conditions
Read our blog on how neurofeedback training has helped with various health concerns such as anxiety, adhd and brain injuries.
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Neurofeedback Cost & Training Options
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Why Renting a Neurofeedback Equipment for Home Use
- Effective & long lasting. Same training as in-office visits
- Easy to use. We'll guide you through the process
- Save in overall neurofeedback cost. Cost varies from $40/session and up
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