Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.
PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in eleven people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.
People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares; they may feel sadness, fear or anger; and they may feel detached or estranged from other people. People with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise or an accidental touch.
PTSD & Neurofeedback
The specific areas of the brain affected by PTSD can also be targeted and retrained to produce healthier patterns. This retraining creates a relaxation in the brain and teaches it new ways to handle the stress. As brainwaves are re-balanced and improved, function improves, leading to better mood, sleep, cognitive function and adaptability in daily life. Over time with neurofeedback, as the areas of the brain improve, it has been possible to significantly reduce medications as a person with PTSD begins to maintain a calm state on his or her own.
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