Cal State San Bernardino publishes a study on Neurofeedback and PTSD with very positive results
One in five veterans returning from active combat has symptoms of PTSD. PTSD symptoms can include agitation, hostility, hypervigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, severe anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It is notoriously hard to treat- the most promising therapy up until now in the world of conventional medicine has been CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
In this recently published study, veterans with PTSD experienced significant improvements in well-being. Initially 80 percent of the veterans were experiencing severe to moderate levels of distress. Following neurofeedback treatment, 78 percent of them reported positive levels of well-being.
“Overall the findings support artifact-corrected neurofeedback as a clinically-effective intervention that helps improve some of the impairments associated with PTSD and that specific improvements in auditory attention and processing speed can contribute to greater well-being.” -Cal State San Bernadino
Time course of clinical change following neurofeedback
A recent study, by combining data from two ongoing neurofeedback studies, has found that the symptoms treated with neurofeedback during these studies continue to improve for weeks after the treatment. Most neurofeedback studies stop measuring the therapeutic response after the treatment is over, which could result in skewed results, showing less therapeutic effect.
“Most neurofeedback studies are not designed to test an intervention with this temporal pattern of response. We recommend that new studies incorporate regular follow-up of subjects for weeks or months after the intervention to ensure that the time point of greatest effect is sampled.”
Ohio Governor’s office issues Ohio opioid technology challenge- Neurofeedback wins a Research Grant
When a challenge came from the Ohio Governor’s office to find different ways to use technology to fight back against the state’s devastating opioid crisis, ideas poured in. Five top winners received $10,000 to research their ideas, among them neurofeedback.
“Addiction is a disease that resided in the brain- parts of your brain have gotten so hooked on dopamine that addicts are not able to derive pleasure from other activities,” said Kelly Cashion, whose research on brain activity received one of the grants. Her hope is to use neurofeedback to re-balance the brain.
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