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About 7-8% of people in the United States develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point. Medication and psychotherapy are the primary treatments for PTSD. Unfortunately, no single medication or method helps all those suffering from the mental health condition. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, specializes in stress-related disorders like PTSD. They use biofeedback and neurofeedback therapeutic technologies to improve or resolve symptoms. Call the office nearest you to schedule an appointment today.
PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying, shocking, or life-threatening event.
When under extreme stress or fear of bodily harm, your body undergoes a physiological change that heightens your senses and defenses. This stress response is called “fight or flight” and is designed to save your life from imminent danger.
Though it’s not unusual to continue to feel a heightened sense of fear or nervousness after a terrifying event, usually the symptoms improve over time and eventually resolve.
However, if you have PTSD, your fear and nervousness may worsen and interfere with your daily life, including your work and relationships.
PTSD symptoms generally appear within three months of the traumatic event. However, in some cases, symptoms may take years to develop.
Common PTSD symptoms include:
For a PTSD diagnosis, you must experience all of the symptoms noted above for a month or more.
Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event develops PTSD. Though researchers are still investigating factors that increase the risk of PTSD, you may be more likely to develop the mental health condition if you:
Additionally, the traumatic event may cause your body to “get stuck” in a chronic state of stress, which leads to dysregulation of your body and mind.
Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses advanced biofeedback instruments and quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) brain mapping technology to assess physiological tension levels.
The diagnostic testing identifies the dysregulated areas of your body and brain associated with your PTSD symptoms.
Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine creates custom-designed treatment plans for PTSD using biofeedback and neurofeedback treatments.
Biofeedback treatment at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine helps you achieve a deep state of relaxation that allows your body to heal and reset.
Neurofeedback treatment teaches you how to shift your body out of the “fight or flight” state and to the healing or recovery state, which dramatically reduces symptoms.
To learn more about PTSD treatment at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, call the office to schedule an appointment today.