Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after a person has experienced, witnessed, or been exposed to a major trauma. PTSD can present itself in a number of ways, and what triggers one person may not be the same for another. What we do know is that PTSD often develops in those who have experienced repeated and extreme exposure to traumatic events.

Trauma/PTSD Symptoms

The symptoms of PTSD are usually grouped into four distinct types:

  • Intrusive memories – nightmares, flashbacks, and recurrent memories of the event
  • Avoidance – Avoiding places, activities, or people that remind you of the event
  • Negative changes in thinking and mood – hopelessness, feeling numb or detached, and negative thoughts about yourself and the world
  • Changes in physical and emotional reactions – easily startled, always “on guard”, trouble sleeping, and self-destructive behaviour 

The treatment for PTSD begins with evidence-based psychotherapy and anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications. Those with PTSD may find that they also receive benefits from seeking out a support network, such as:

  • family service agencies
  • counsellors or therapists
  • family doctors
  • community health centres
  • workplace employee assistance programs (EAPs)

Did you know?

In a 2008 study, the prevalence rate of lifetime PTSD in Canada was estimated to be 9.2%. Traumatic exposure to at least one event sufficient to cause PTSD was reported by 76.1% of respondents interviewed.ADHD occurs in 4% of adults and 5% of children worldwide. Scientific studies have shown that ADHD is heritable and will often persist throughout someone’s life.

How can Neurotherapy help?

Each person experiences PTSD differently, and neurofeedback can help by creating a “brain map” that shows you where and how your brain waves are being triggered. Through neurofeedback therapy, you can begin to train your brain by getting to the root of the issue, rather than just masking your symptoms.

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