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Many turn to Neurofeedback Therapy to fight the invisible battle with PTSD

October 11, 2010 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – The nine-year Afghanistan and Iraq war is now being dubbed as America’s longest war. During a recent CNN segment, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the alarming suicide and hospitalization rates among U.S. troops. There were more soldiers hospitalized in 2009 for mental health issues (17,538) than physical injury (11,156). It was also reported that if a soldier is redeployed, their susceptibility to PTSD increases at a rate of 2.5. Some soldiers reported up to 12 re-deployments during the course of this war.

Soldiers are not the only ones at risk of suffering from PTSD. Children may develop PTSD through experiencing prolonged bullying. After student, Justin Aaberg, committed suicide because of a school bully, a string of teen suicides related to bullying have surfaced. Repeated bullying can cause unnaturally prolonged periods of anxiety which can onset conditions such as PTSD.

People with PTSD can re-experience events through memories or dreams so real, that it’s as though the event is happening again. As traumatic as these re-experiences can be, one will avoid triggers – these can include places, people and emotions. PTSD can also create problems with anxiety, sleep and focus.

The symptoms of PTSD become a part of everyday life for sufferers. However, the symptoms are learned and that means there is hope because many times those with PTSD can ‘un-learn’ the symptoms. This is how one treatment is helping combat the silent war with PTSD.

It’s called Neurofeedback Therapy. The therapy combines the body and mind, a treatment many PTSD experts prefer over one tactic techniques. After experiencing a traumatic event, the brain rewires itself to help us cope. However, prolonged trauma makes our brain assume this is normal and the rewiring becomes more permanent. Neurofeedback Therapy allows one to manipulate the wires back to their normal state.

While hooked up to electrodes, patients play a video game with their mind. After several trainings, clients are able to shift their brain waves with ease, and hence alter their emotional state during triggering situations. As the treatment is highly individualized, a therapist can tailor the treatment to meet every client’s specific needs.

“Neurofeedback Therapy works extremely well in treating the symptoms of PTSD,” said Mindy Fox, a leading neurofeedback therapist in the Los Angeles area. “It curbs anxiety and issues with anger, fear, sleep and focus.”

Most experts agree that treatments such as Neurofeedback Therapy should also be combined with treatments such as talk therapy. “As the stigma of PTSD reduces, I would expect more organizational bodies to support more treatment options as well as make them more readily available to those who need them,” said Fox.

ABOUT MINDY FOX
Mindy Fox is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over eighteen years of experience. With a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy, Fox is also certified in somatic experiencing and trained in neurofeedback EEG (also referred to as eeg biofeedback therapy). Her expertise in psychotherapy, EMDR, and neurofeedback helps her treat clients with attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, addiction and depression issues. Fox employs body-mind therapy techniques such as EMDR, somatic experiencing, guided imagery, and neurofeedback, along with traditional methods to treat clients of all ages. Fox chairs the State CAMFT Trauma Response Committee and served as President of South Bay/Long Beach CAMFT Chapter.

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Mindy Fox, Neurofeedback Therapist, helps laid-off workers overcome depression

April 1, 2010 (Los Angeles, Calif.) — Mindy Fox, Los Angeles-based marriage and family therapist specializing in neurofeedback therapy, helps patients over come recession depression. The fear, anxiety, depression and self-loathing brought about by our current economic climate could last for years, decades or a lifetime if not treated.

“Many have already made hard choices fiscally,” said Mindy Fox, Los Angeles based marriage and family therapist. “This clear-cut loss of control produces intense anxiety that can cause a permanent lack of regulation in the brain.”

With neurofeedback therapy, the brain can naturally be repositioned back to the state where it can self-regulate. This allows a person to relax and get back to leading a more emotionally stable life.

“The fear and knowledge of catastrophe cannot be undone, but emotionally, we can calm down and function more fully on a day-by-day basis with treatments such as neurofeedback therapy,” said Fox.

Neurofeedback therapy has specific protocols and a specified duration within which one usually sees an improvement in feelings of anxiety and depression. It also shows great potential to alleviate some of the symptoms of ‘recession depression,’ allowing one to get back to the business of living life instead of fearing it.

ABOUT MINDY FOX
Mindy Fox is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over eighteen years of experience. With a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy, Fox is also certified in somatic experiencing and trained in neurofeedback EEG. Her expertise in psychotherapy, EMDR, and neurofeedback helps her treat clients with attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression issues. Fox employs body-mind therapy techniques such as EMDR, somatic experiencing, guided imagery, and neurofeedback, along with traditional methods to treat clients of all ages. Fox chairs the State CAMFT Trauma Response Committee and served as President of South Bay/Long Beach CAMFT Chapter.

Let’s face it, Neurofeedback (NF) is mainly about one thing:  making your life better moment-to-moment.  It is very basic things that make us feel good in the world.  Our most basic needs are food, clothing, sleep, and shelter.  The ability to have these things in a healthy amount allows us to enjoy the rest of our lives that are not quite so vital, like love, family, travel, and work.  Sounds silly, but when those basic things are dysfunctional, then even the stuff that makes life worth living, lose importance.

NF helps you

  • Reduce anxiety so you get better sleep.
  • Improve business / academic performance.
  • Reduce Stress so you live a generally healthier life.
  • Promote calm and clear thinking to help with sports, job, and family life.
  • Improve focus so that you can earn a better living.

These are some of the ways that NF can help with your everyday life and help you enjoy what’s really important: family, love, and your hobbies / work as you become higher functioning through better sleep and reduced stress.  It is a complex system designed to improve your basic life goals.

I use it on myself and my family with great results.  I hope that you will consider trying this wonderful treatment to see if it can help you.  Some people see results in one 45-minute session, and some never see any change, but it is worth the search…isn’t it?

Neurofeedback is a powerful eeg program that has many functions if used correctly:

It can reduce anxiety, help with sleeplessness, reduce pain, and improve performance in both work and personal endeavors.

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