PTSD - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that is caused by a traumatic event or collection of traumatic events that shocked a person in such a horrific way, the trauma imprinted in them. The trauma is stored in the brain and body and recurs when a person is triggered by an incident that reminds them of the initial traumatic event that caused their PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect anyone who experiences or witnesses a highly traumatic event. While it is commonly associated with those returning from military service or war, any brief moment or extended experience of extreme physical danger to oneself or a loved one can bring on associated symptoms of PTSD and trauma disorders.

Overwhelming memories of the event and the extreme fear associated with the trauma can hang on for months and cause chronic nightmares and physical and emotional strain. Our team of Psychiatrists and Therapists are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With the combination of talk therapy and pharmacology we support patients when coping with the lingering effects of trauma including anxiety and depression.

Balanced Minds Clinicians work closely with patients and their families to manage the side effects of trauma. Often the imprint left by the ordeal cannot be ignored and PTSD sufferers may struggle with a perpetual sense of fear and recurring panic attacks.

We encourages open discussion of experiences and expression of complex feelings by creating an environment of non-judgmental, therapeutic support. Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a gradual process of recovery. Our team will lend the insight and support you need to make progress each day and reconnect with your loved ones. In time you will discover a renewed sense of peace and enjoyment in daily life and look forward to the future.

For individuals suffering from PTSD there are certain triggers that can cause them to go into what is commonly referred to by psychotherapists as the ‘red zone’. The ‘red zone’ is the psychophysiological state that a person goes into when they are triggered by a reminder or of the traumatic episode that initially shocked them. Individuals suffer flashbacks when they are triggered and have difficulty controlling their behavior and responses during a flashback state.

This makes people with PTSD unpredictable and volatile because one cannot predict when a trigger event will occur and to what extent a person will suffer a flashback.

According to the National Institute of Health approximately 7.7 million Americans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Neurofeedback is especially useful treatment for PTSD since it is diagnostic specific. Every client will first get a Brain Map using a quantitative EEG machine that specifically shows the electrochemical activity in the individual brain. Electrodes that measure activity occurring inside the brain are placed on the scalp. This specified approach for the individual with PTSD means that wherever there are abnormal activity levels inside the brain, the Brain Map will reveal it.

Neurofeedback is an individualized approach that identifies the individual needs of a person rather than a generalized approach that assumes problems. Brain Mapping shows the client and the Doctor exactly what part of the brain is affected by the traumatic event that caused the PTSD.

That way, Neurofeedback can specifically target that area of the brain that is affected by PTSD on an individual case by case basis. This specific approach in Neurofeedback therapy is useful for all conditions treated; however, it is especially useful for treating PTSD because different individuals with PTSD have different brain profiles.

Neurofeedback reduces anxiety and phobias that are connected with the trauma and alleviates the affected area of the brain from all the over activity. Neurofeedback involves training the brain to control, minimize and eventually altogether diminish the triggers and flashbacks permanently in PTSD.

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