Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is classified as an Anxiety Disorder. While LANC’s Direct Neurofeedback can have positive effects on all kinds of Anxiety Disorders for more on other types of Anxiety Disorders), PTSD has several unique characteristics we should look at separately.

With most Anxiety Disorders, the effects are often considered “irrational” in the sense that they are a great overreaction to a minor or nonexistent threat (such as Coulrophobia – phobic fear of clowns) and often have no discernible origin. On the other hand, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the condition can be traced to a specific event or series of events where severe harm was experienced or threatened. While PTSD has been most commonly associated with the effects of extraordinary trauma, such as combat, rape, and physical abuse, recent research has shown that PTSD can occur when more “domestic” trauma, such as emotional abuse, is repeated over time.

To examine what PTSD is, it is useful to discuss what PTSD is not. PTSD is not merely feeling anxious or uncomfortable in particular situations one has experienced before. PTSD is not simply rememberinghow one felt in an unpleasant situation. Nor is PTSD simply an extreme reaction to an extreme situation.

When true PTSD manifests, an event triggers the person’s body and mind to return to the physical and emotional state they were in at the time of the trauma. Thus, a sudden, loud noise may cause a combat veteran’s body and mind to go into the extreme fight or flightstate they were in at the time of the original trauma. Similarly, a person who suffered severe emotional abuse may find themselves going into a fight or flightstate simply by hearing someone yelling at another, even though the yelling has nothing to do with the listener whatsoever. Such a state is often referred to as a flashbackand the subject’s responses in that state may be extreme; in some cases, the person may find themselves lashing out physically or “shutting down” completely. This may mean that during the flashback and for a time afterwards the person is debilitated and unable to function normally. In the most extreme cases, the behavior caused by the response may lead to serious repercussions if it affects others. Even when the person isn’t being actively triggered, they are often in a constant state of hypervigilance, which is mentally and emotionally exhausting.

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Traditional Options and Results

The most common option for PTSD is psychotherapy with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While this approach is often effective over time, it has its own drawbacks. In CBT, the client is encouraged to face their fears in a safe, controlled environment. This means that the client must effectively trigger and relive their original trauma to some extent many times until they come to terms with it. While this may be effective in the long run, this approach is very difficult for the client – many clients simply do not want to “go there,” even if it will help with PTSD eventually. Some medications used to treat other Anxiety Disorders are prescribed to treat PTSD as well. In addition to having unpleasant side effects, these drugs have other drawbacks. It often takes months or years to discover the best medication and dosage for an individual, and if that person wants to change or stop taking the drugs, tapering off will take a long time, often months.

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How Does DNF Relate To PTSD?

The brain responds to stimuli by actions that create neural pathways. In some cases, these pathways are temporary, such as responding to a strange situation one never experiences again. In others, they become constants, the “go-to” the brain uses in a particular situation. Such pathways can come about through frequency of use, habit, or deliberate training. However, in the case of PTSD, the experience causing the response is so intense that the pathways laid down are both immediate and permanent.

PTSD begins when an event or series of events become untenable such that the fight or flight state is effectively in overdrive. Even in a resting state, a person with PTSD may be hyper-vigilant at all times, which is exhausting and may lead to insomnia and nightmares. Any event that reminds them of the originating event(s) may cause the person to experience an extreme response.

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How LANC Can Help With PTSD

For people suffering from PTSD and going through CBT as a solution, the cure may feel as bad as the disease. LANC can alleviate that problem. LANC will effectively relax the fight or flightresponse, dialing that response to triggering stimuli down to a more “normal” state. Remember that with PTSD, the fight or flightresponse is almost always “on,” even if the client isn’t aware of it. PTSD sufferers who use DNF will usually feel short periods of relaxation lasting hours or a few days. As they continue with their program, these periods will lengthen and they may find they are less susceptible to triggering stimuli. If the client is also in psychotherapy, DNF may relax their trigger response to a point where they are more comfortable “going there” and addressing the underlying traumatic events.

Persons with PTSD are often concurrently diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. You can find out more about how LANC can help you with Depression by calling (323) 705-3031 today.

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  • Call our 24hr appointment line at (323) 705-3031 to schedule your $87 Special Initial Consultation and Session
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A LANC Direct Neurofeedback practitioner will be happy to schedule your initial one-hour session. During this appointment, your practitioner will discuss your condition, address your concerns, and perform your first Direct Neurofeedback session. This initial intake session costs only $87.00 and is the first step towards returning to a more relaxed, healthier, confident you.

**If you are currently taking medication for PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, or any other emotional or psychological disorder, be sure to tell your LANC practitioner on your first visit. Do not stop taking medication or adjust your dosage without consulting your prescribing physician.

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