Research: neurofeedback for PTSD-
Multiple studies have been completed looking at the effectiveness of neurofeedback for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults. A recent controlled study showed that 24 sessions of neurofeedback signficantly reduced PTSD symptoms. One study has been completed with children. These studies all suggest that neurofeedback is a very promising approach to treatment. This is especially important because existing treatments can be quite difficult to tolerate
and have limited effectiveness for many individuals with PTSD.
Our clinical experience and that of other experts in PTSD treatment shows that neurofeedback is often very helpful with PTSD. Ten weeks of neurofeedback has consistently resulted in significant improvement in children and adults with PTSD. We have provided training and consultation in the use of neurofeedback to four residential treatment centers for children with trauma related difficulties. Each of these programs has found neurofeedback to be very helpful to their kids. After an initial period of evaluation, each center decided to add neurofeedback to the treatment regimen in the residence.
If you continue to suffer from the symptoms of PTSD despite treatment with medication and or psychotherapy, the results of this early research suggest that you STRONGLY consider neurofeedback.
Recommended by leading doctors:
‘Neurofeedback is a powerful treatment for traumatic stress. – Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University Medical School, Medical Director, The Trauma Center at JRI, Brookline, MA.’
See the problem, then correct it.
Neuroscience is increasingly showing the basis in the brain for PTSD. Multiple qEEG studies have been published showing excessive cortical activation with PTSD. However, every person with PTSD does not have the same brain profile. That’s why we measure brain function with every neurofeedback client using a quantitative EEG “brain map” so that you can see the reason for your difficulties. The image below is from the qEEG analysis of one of our clients with PTSD. The area in red shows excessive activation in part of the fear network in the brain. Once we see the source of the problem, we target that area for change through neurofeedback brain training. This allows you to get to the root of the problem and reshape your brain, not just mask your symptoms.
Real Stories : One clients’ experience with neurofeedback for PTSD
As a little girl, Janet had been severely bitten in the face by a dog. She had PTSD symptoms her whole life. She had tried psychotherapy numerous times, but found little relief. She had also tried virtually every medication, also with little relief. Janet had an important job with many responsibilities, but her near-constant anxiety took an extreme toll. She was depressed. She could not focus. Her attention was so poor that she simply could not sit down and read a book!
Tests done before Janet started treatment showed severe anxiety, moderate depression, and severe difficulties with attention. Twenty session of neurofeedback resulted in huge improvements for Janet, as shown below. She reported only minimal depression and anxiety. Her attention was normal. Janet is doing well now. She loves reading. She enjoys her job. She enjoys her life.