Friday, July 30, 2010

Neurofeedback and PTSD

PTSD has been in the news a lot lately related to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. This description of the criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD was published by the Department of Veteran Affairs, but PTSD can be the aftermath of any kind of life-threatening (or perceived as life-threatening) experience.

Many clinicians also believe that there is a PTSD-like set of symptoms that comes from having suffered chronic child abuse - which is a highly stressful way to grow up.  

Neurofeedback can be very helpful with all of these conditions.

This video with Dr. Siegfried Ottmer, one of the pioneers in the neurofeedback field, shows pre and post neurofeedback SPECT scans of a veteran who had been suffering from PTSD. The changes in brain activity are dramatic - as were the changes in the veteran's life.

Please post any questions you have here on the blog, or you're welcome to email me and ask if I think neuroeedback could help you. You'll get an honest answer.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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