Stress disorders are another spectrum of mental health. We all experience stress at times in our lives. Our work becomes challenging, a co-worker unpleasant our spouse becomes ill and suddenly we are not at our best. At the extreme end of this spectrum, there is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), where we are illogically held in the aftermath of something that happened in the past as if it were not gone.
Stress can show up in digestive disorders, sleep disorders, anxiety that runs amuck, substance abuse, and emotional instability.
How does Neurofeedback therapy help?
Technically, all neurofeedback is designed to reduce stress. When we help the brain work better, we can cope better. The QEEG can show us where the patterns of your stresses have altered your brainwave patterns. We then create a training protocol to help restore optimal functioning. At Advanced Therapy Center, we work directly with the parasympathetic nervous system to help your body and brain relax. We then make sure your brain has learned the new pattern.
Meet Mary Ann
Mary Ann is a successful partner in a big architectural design firm. She had lost enjoyment of her work as the demands kept piling up for bigger projects. She did not lose her ambition though, and through a friend heard of Peak Performance Training. She had 11 sessions of the LENS Treatment at twice a week frequency and felt much more relaxed and was able to manage her stress much better. For a few weeks, she came once a week, then every two weeks and then once a month. After 20 sessions she was confident that she knew how to keep her cool, do her job, and enjoy her life.
Alfred had PTSD. He had been in a very bad car accident with his girlfriend. She was severely injured and almost died. Alfred became her caregiver, even though they had earlier decided to break up. The responsibility that he felt caring for her intensified during her very long recovery. During the day at work, he would have to hide under his desk and cry and shake until the feeling of that auto accident subsided again. These were full-blown panic attacks.
Alfred did his own research to find Advanced Therapy Center. We treated his parasympathetic nervous system with a combination of pulsed electromagnetic field energy and transcranial alternating current. We used his heart rate variability to predict how best to help him. Within four sessions, the panic attacks had become rare. After 10 sessions they were gone and he was calm enough to finish the task of letting go of that unhappy relationship and moving toward a happy life.