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The EEG Institute, a world leader in neurofeedback research and training, and Homecoming for Veterans are offering this cutting-edge treatment, at no cost, for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through a network of clinicians across the country. »
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How Neurofeedback Can Help
Neurofeedback (EEG Feedback) is training in brain function based on information derived from the EEG (electroencephalogram). With such training, rapid recovery can be achieved for the relief of 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.
The training is based on reinforcement of better regulated brain behavior as judged by the EEG. The repetition of this exercise for a number of thirty-minute sessions leads typically to improved cognitive function and improved emotional control.
The work is success-oriented rather than deficit-focused. It is a fitness strategy that avoids the jargon of mental health, and suits the soldier's natural orientation toward a training and fitness program.
Veterans who have been through the program have shown tremendous positive benefits. A veteran who had not slept more than 2 hours at a time was sleeping through the night after just 7 sessions, without medication. This same veteran had avoided the movie theater because that was the location of his first flashback. After 12 sessions, he saw a movie for the first time in 8 years. Another veteran was able to save his marriage and family by calming down his anger and his need to control everything. Behaviors that had been appropriate in wartime were destroying his home life. Veterans are getting their lives back with neurofeedback. Even a veteran from WWII found his sleep restored after not having slept well since 1945.
Substantial functional recoveries and even functional enhancements are routine. We urge veterans to avail themselves of this free service. There is no need to live with nightmares, flashbacks, loss of emotional control, lack of energy, and inability to plan for the future. Even chronic pain can be substantially helped. And if you are suffering physical injuries, your brain should not also be your problem. When it comes to symptoms you have not had before, stop thinking it's you. Start thinking it may just be a matter of your brain, and that remedies are available and highly accessible. (P.S. The VA offers only very limited access to neurofeedback at this time.)