Benefits of Neurofeedback Therapy for Veterans: One in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have been identified as experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms included agitation, irritability, hostility, hyper vigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, severe anxiety, or mistrust.
Given the increased concern regarding the negative effects of relying heavily on medication treatments alone, neurofeedback may provide an effective alternative to a drug-free reduction of symptoms. Since the 1970s, research on neurofeedback has demonstrated positive results in the treatment of a number of conditions.
How Neurofeedback Helps Veterans
A healthy brain is designed to adapt to changes in our body and changes in the environment. It can self-regulate and alter its waves to cater to the current situation. Individuals with healthy brains are better able to regulate their moods, anxiety levels, and physical reactions. However, in reality, millions of Americans are living with mental health conditions that prevent them from balancing their brain activity, including many Veterans that suffer from service-related PTSD.
According to studies published by Dove Medical Press Ltd., PTSD is the third most prevalent psychiatric diagnosis among veterans. With PTSD being so prevalent among veterans, there is a great need and a huge opportunity to help treat these individuals with sustainable, drug-free therapies.
Neurofeedback works by detecting brain activity with EEG sensors. The sensors monitor how fast and slow brain waves move while a client watches a movie or plays a video game to stimulate brain activity. A psychologist is able to monitor and follow brain activity on a monitor to detect abnormal brain activity, and send feedback to get brain waves functioning an an optimal level. This repetitive start-and-stop feedback has proven to produce more balanced brain waves, resulting in improved focus and relaxation.
Neurofeedback may help veterans with migraines, anxiety and stress related disorders, panic disorders, addiction, chronic pain, ADD and ADHD as well as other issues.
Veterans who have used neurofeedback report substantial improvements in the reduction of sleeping problems, anger management, stress management, etc. The clinic develops individualized plans tailored specifically to each veteran’s needs.
Veteran Testimonial for Neurofeedback Therapy
“Twenty-two years later after retirement from the army, I found myself a civilian again without the fast paced, high tempo, structured military environment that I thrived in. Life as an Infantry soldier quenched the anxiety that I had been carrying around within me since childhood, successfully hidden away deep beneath layer upon layer of protective barriers in the form of achievements like high rank, leadership and command positions, multiple combat deployments and alcohol when not on duty.
Then suddenly after completing my obligations with the military, my life began to spiral out of control, I suffered from panic attacks, seizures, memory loss, and irritability that caused me to lash out verbally against those closest to me. I could not get the violence that I had experienced and witnessed out of my daily thoughts. I tried everything from counseling, medications, biofeedback training and eventually discovered psychology’s best kept secret Neurofeedback.”
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