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!