Therapists are using neurofeedback to treat ADHD, PTSD and other conditions
Neurofeedback is a type of brain training or biofeedback that uses video games, computers and other specialized tools to help regulate a client’s brain waves. There was recently an article in the Washington Post about neurofeedback and it’s uses in treating a wide variety of brain disorders, including PTSD, pain and anxiety.
A neurofeedback therapist uses a computer and sensors measuring brain waves to adjust waves that are out of balance, resulting in a reduction of emotional or neurological symptoms. The article mentions a recent trial involving 104 children published in March in the Journal of Pediatrics. Neurofeedback produced improvements in attention and impulse control, which persisted after six months. The authors concluded that neurofeedback may be a “promising attention training treatment for children with ADHD.”
Neurofeedback is also a promising treatment for PTSD. Service members, health professionals and military family members attending the Naval Center Combat and Operational Stress Conference (NCCOSC) recently heard military psychologists share findings showing the dramatic benefits of neurofeedback for servicemen and women. Homecoming for Veterans is an organization offering neurofeedback at no cost, for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through a network of clinicians across the country.
Neurofeedback has been shown to provide relief for PTSD symptoms that include sleep problems, pain, irritability, anger and rage, as well as cognitive deficits. The training can also help soldiers recover from drug, alcohol, and tobacco dependency. It is completely safe, non-invasive, and the results are lasting. It has no side effects, or risk of sudden death, like much of the psychiatric medication that is currently being over-prescribed in the military. Thus neurofeedback has the potential to relieve a great deal of psychiatric problems currently experienced in great volume among the military, as well as civilians.