While PTSD is most often thought of as a combat soldier’s illness, it’s not exclusive to the military. Approximately 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD as men. PTSD can be diagnosed by experiencing three types of symptoms during a thirty-day period. The first symptom is re-experiencing symptoms. This can present in the form of flashbacks, nightmares and frightening/scary thoughts. The second symptom is avoidance. This presents in the form of withdrawal from once enjoyable activities, people or places as well as feelings of depression, guilt or just feeling numb. The third symptom is hyper-arousal. This includes difficulty sleeping, emotional outbursts, tense feelings and the ability to frighten easily.
Most PTSD sufferers could likely be diagnosed with something called a hypervigilant brain. This means that your brain (due to a specific trauma) has re-wired itself to be on alert at all times. While this is a survival technique on the battlefield, it can wreak havoc on the body and mind when no longer needed. While drugs treat the symptoms, Neurofeedback works on the underlying issue of re-training your brain back to normal, more efficient brain wave patterns. One of the first benefits seen with Neurofeedback training is better, more restful sleep as well as the ability to handle stressful situations with a newfound calmness.