Recovery from PTSD: A Vietnam Veteran
by Othmer S PhD
EEG Info Newsletter - February 19, 2009
We have just experienced a remarkably quick recovery from PTSD symptoms in a Vietnam veteran. The case is illustrative of the more rapid pace of recovery that is achievable with the latest neurofeedback techniques that encompass the infra-low range of EEG frequencies. The veteran has had a forty-year history of PTSD, and was rescued from homelessness by the Salvation Army here in Los Angeles. He came to our offices for intensive neurofeedback training through the auspices of the Salvation Army. In exchange for our providing services at no cost, the veteran has allowed us to make his case history available for the benefit of other clinicians.
Alpha-Theta Brain wave Neuro-Feedback for Vietnam Veterans with Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
by Peniston & Kulkosky
Medical Psychotherapy - 1991
Minnesola Mulliphasic Pasonality Inventory (MMPl) was used to assess personality changes in Vietnam combat veterans wilh post·traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Afler either traditional medical treatment (TC) or alpa·Theta brainwave neurofeedback therapy (BWT). Application of brainwave training for Ihirty 30·minute sessions resulted in decreases in MMPI T-scores on clinical scales labelled hypochondriasis. depression. hysteria. psychopathic deviate. masculinity-femininity, paranoia, schizophrenia, hypomania, and social introversion-extroversion. The tradtional medical control group showed decreases in T-scores only on the scale labeled schizophrenia. All fourteen BWT patients receiving psychotropic medication reduced their dosage after treatment, but only one of thirteen TC patients reduced dosage. A thirty-month follow-up study showed that all fourteen TC patients had relapsed, in contrast to only three of fifteen BWT patients. These findings indicate that application of alpha-thata brainwave training is a more efficacious treatment modality in the treatment of PTSD and prevention of relapse.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Neurofeedback remedy
by Othmer S PhD & Othmer S. BA
The Application of neurofeedback to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning veterans is described herein and is illustrated with two case histories. Initially, frequency-based electroencephalogram training was employed to promote functional recovery, in the manner of the traditional sensorimotor rhythm/beta approach. An optimization procedure was employed in which the reinforcement frequency is tailored to the client on the basis of symptom response, with particular regard for the regulation of arousal. Low frequencies, down to .01 Hz, have been found especially useful in the remediation of post-traumatic stress disorder. This training was complemented with traditional alpha-theta work as pioneered at the Menninger Foundation and by Peniston. The objective here is experiential, because prior traumas typically are revisited in a nonforced, nontraumatic manner. The benign witnessing of traumas consolidates the experience of safety for which the prior training laid the groundwork. Collectively, this approach has been found to be much better tolerated than traditional exposure therapies. In addition, it is helpful in the shedding of substance dependencies that are common in treatment-resistant PTSD.