PTSD is defined as an anxiety disorder that some people get after experiencing or witnessing an event “outside the range of usual human experience.” Two people experiencing the same event can have a different reaction to that event. There is no definitive reason why one person is affected by a traumatic event more or less then another person. There are several factors that will influence the susceptibility to PTSD such as genes, child abuse, the severity of the trauma, the duration of the trauma or a person’s brain structure and functioning.
- Safety and security are permanently gone
- It removes a person from feeling fully present in life
- It feels like something bad is about to happen at any time
- Hyper-vigilance becomes a way of life
Neurofeedback has been approved by the FDA as a form of relaxation technique. Research shows that people with PTSD are unable to regulate into the slow calming waves and they are always stuck in the beta to hi-beta waves. Neurofeedback teaches the brain to switch from a state of arousal to a calm focus state.