Monday, July 25, 2011

Neurofeedback for PTSD and Perhaps to Prevent It

Most of us are likely aware of the debilitating symptoms of PTSD plaguing many war veterans.

In recent months, the use of neurofeedback for PTSD has been getting deserved attention. I don't think more than two or three days have gone by without my getting a news alert in my Inbox about this subject. The military has seen the potential and started to implement the use of neurofeedback (see the article linked to in this paragraph).

This is not just to provide relief from the symptoms of PTSD, but also to forestall its development when symptoms first appear. Improvements are typically pretty much immediate.

Given that neurofeedback is also used for peak performance - improving focus and concentration and decreasing anxiety - it is sounding like it could, perhaps should, be a part of military training programs - prior to going into combat. Many feel this would make military personnel be at less risk of developing PTSD at all.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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