How Neurofeedback Can Help Treat PTSD Symptoms in Howard County

ptsd-symptomsPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety-based mental disorder experienced by some children and adults in Howard County, Maryland.  PTSD symptoms can include recurring nightmares, disturbing memories, and emotional outbursts that affect sufferers’ quality of life.

To treat PTSD, mental health professionals often prescribe a combination of psychotherapy and prescription medications. But neurofeedback therapy, a non-invasive and non-pharmacological treatment, has also been successful in reducing PTSD symptoms – while eliminating the side effects associated with medications.

What is Neurofeedback Therapy?

Neurofeedback therapy is a non-invasive method for treating cognitive conditions, including PTSD symptoms. Developed in the 1960s, neurofeedback involves a series of therapist-led sessions in which clients learn to control their brainwaves, often leading to increased attention and control over thoughts and emotions.

How Neurofeedback Can Help Treat PTSD Symptoms

(1) Neurofeedback can help improve sleep quality.

PTSD can make it difficult for sufferers to not only fall asleep but also to stay asleep for at least eight hours each night. By learning how to control their brainwaves through neurofeedback, clients can start to control thoughts that may be preventing them from relaxing and falling asleep.

(2) Neurofeedback can help reduce irritability and anger.

One the most common PTSD symptoms is emotional volatility. Sufferers sometimes struggle to express their emotions, often leading to outbursts over seemingly trivial situations. By participating in neurofeedback therapy sessions, PTSD sufferers can often regain control of their emotions, which can lead to more controlled and appropriate responses.

(3) Neurofeedback can provide control over bad memories.

Some PTSD sufferers are daily burdened by memories of war, abuse, or other traumatic events. Without treatment, they can become consumed by these memories, often losing interest in their loved ones and their favorite activities. With help from neurofeedback, PTSD sufferers can learn to control their negative thoughts or memories and start enjoying their lives again.

Who Can Benefit From Neurofeedback Treatment for PTSD Symptoms?

Many Howard County residents who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can benefit from neurofeedback.

War veterans, for example, are increasingly seeking neurofeedack treatment to help reduce their PTSD symptoms. Homecoming 4 Veterans, an organization that helps provide neurofeedback for military members, reports excellent results among participants.

Neurofeedback can also benefit other Howard County populations, including adults and children who have suffered abuse.

If you are experiencing PTSD symptoms, request a consultation with a neurofeedback therapist in Howard County, Maryland to see if you could be a candidate for this non-invasive treatment.

(Neurofeedback is just one treatment for PTSD. To learn more about PTSD symptoms, causes, risk factors, and treatment options, visit the National Institute of Mental Health’s website.)

Focal Points and Neurofeedback

Focal Points offers neurofeedback therapy as treatment for PTSD symptoms and other mental disorders. We work with clients in Ellicott City, Columbia, and elsewhere throughout Howard County, MD.

For more information about treating PTSD symptoms or other mental disorders with neurofeedback therapy, call Focal Points today at (410) 531-5087.

 

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