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Neurofeedback Therapy Gives New Life To PTSD Patient

Divorce is a painful, stressful, and oftentimes traumatic event in the lives of those affected by it. Anxiety and depression are common for the spouses and even the children involved when two people divorce. Many people reach out to therapists, friends, and family to help them work through the pain and learn to live with what has happened. This is a normal part of the grieving and recovery process. But for some individuals, the trauma that they have endured from their divorce reaches much deeper and cannot be healed through talk therapy alone.

When Jane’s Divorce Changed Her Life

This was the case for Jane, a fifty-six-year-old woman who had divorced from her husband eighteen years ago. Even though she had been through numerous counselors, she was still suffering and encountering the wounds of her divorce as if no time had passed at all. “I had been suffering from a lot of anxiety, depression and nagging, repetitive thoughts since then,” said Jane. “Those old tapes played over and over in my head.”

Jane had seen multiple counselors over the years, trying to get to the root of why she couldn’t move past the pain of her divorce nearly two decades later. She was stuck, unable to move forward with her life even though she desperately wanted to heal. “I had tried talk therapy, EFT, etc,” said Jane. “If they had told me that to feel better I should stand on my head and spin around, I would have given that a try as well!”

Jane’s Struggle With PTSD

Finally, one of her therapists suggested looking at her pain through a new approach and suggested that Jane might have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, otherwise known as PTSD.

PTSD is characterized by severe anxiety following a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and, in Jane’s case, uncontrollable thoughts about the event. PTSD can be a complicated and sometimes confusing disorder. While two people may experience the same exact trauma, it isn’t a guarantee that both will later suffer from PTSD. Certain risk factors such as childhood experiences, past trauma, and a family history of depression may make a person more susceptible to the disorder.

As soon as Jane’s therapist suggested that she might have PTSD, she immediately began researching the disorder on her own. Most people affected with PTSD spend years trying to come to terms with the traumatic event that happened to them. “I consider myself a lifelong learner (meaning I read a lot) and so after coming across Dr. Amen on my local PBS channel, I ordered his books and read them all,” said Jane. “They made a lot of sense and so I investigated his clinic and what could be done for PTSD.”

How Neurofeedback at Amen Clinics Provided the Help Jane Needed

Jane contacted Amen Clinics and scheduled a Full Evaluation. During her Full Evaluation, Jane’s biological, psychological, social, and spiritual histories were evaluated. She also received a sophisticated neuropsychological test measuring how her brain was currently functioning. A brain SPECT scan was then ordered, which the clinic staff used to identify areas of the brain that were working well, areas that were working too hard, and areas that weren’t working hard enough. The findings from all of these areas were then combined and discussed with Jane.

Working with Amen Clinics, Jane began neurofeedback sessions and immediately began to feel relief. Neurofeedback is a system that provides moment-to-moment feedback of physiological functioning. It focuses specifically on the central nervous system and the brain. That means that while the patient is experiencing an emotion, feedback is given about your physical systems such as heart and respiratory rates. This connection is then used to teach the patient about control while at the same time fostering a better understanding of the impact of their emotions on their physical selves. “I could notice gradual changes in my racing thoughts and depression,” said Jane. “But the real winning component in doing feedback is that I became anxiety-free.”

Jane, who is now in recovery from PTSD said it best, “It is such a gift to be free from all of those symptoms and to be relaxed and looking forward to life. Amen Clinics made me feel so comfortable and really helped me through all of my neurofeedback sessions.  What a great service they provide and how well they treat you there!”

There is hope! Amen Clinics can help. To make an appointment for a Full Evaluation for yourself or a loved one, call 888-288-9834 or visit us online!

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COMMENTS

  1. Hanno Kirk says:

    As a Neurofeedback practitioner myself. I can certainly attest to the efficacy of this modality for PTSD. I have successfully treated many veterans and survivors of sexual abuse.

  2. Cathy Stuart says:

    When the Amen Clinic diagnosed me with a continued TBI 2 years after the accident the recommendation was hyperbaric chamber and neurofeed back for my PTSD. It changed my life. I regained my short term memory loss and moved the accident to the back burner of my life. I still have tune up sessions with my specialist when needed. Thank you Dr. Amen

  3. kindness heals says:

    how country people use to heal from trauma. neat to see it in doc’s offices.

  4. Diana says:

    I’m confused. I don’t understand the term neurofeedback? I have seen different so-called therapist use different machines/ slash electronic units. One of them detected what nutrients I am deficient in. Sadly there is no way I could afford to visit the Amen Clinic. And I live in a city of 90,000 people in Canada. I’m not sure if we’re equipped with the same neurofeedback unit that you refer to. Is there a specific name brand of this unit. Where would I look to find someone in my city who treats and anxiety this way? Psychologist or holistic naturopaths? The last lady who used one on me also practiced with crystals?? So I’m not interested in that and would really appreciate any assistance.

    • Francois Dupont PhD C.Psych. says:

      Hello Diana. There are practitioners in Canada. I’m in Ottawa. I started doing biofeedback and neurofeedback more than 20 years ago. What you are describing is not neurofeedback (nutrients detection and crystals, etc.). Neurofeedback is based in sciences. Good luck.

  5. Kathy says:

    I have a friend who is a disabled Veteran in Newport News, Virginia. He is living on social security and not getting the care he needs for his PTSD at the local Veterans hospital. He is 75 and been severely depressed for years. He has no desire to live, but says be won’t commit suicide because of what it would do to his family. Both of his children live out of state and he lost his wife several years ago. He is much to isolated and I have tried to help him as much as possible. Is there anyone in his area that could help him and how would he afford treatments? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  6. Heather says:

    Interested in your programs for PTSD & deterated brain function .

    Pls advise me of location,and programs are available .

    Sincerely

    Heather S Swoford

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