A Brainwave Has Been Discovered That Facilitates Fighting PTSD

June 1, 2017
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Though the study is a preliminary but it proposes that an acoustic feedback may serve to help some patients in this regards.

It has been suggested in a preliminary study that with the help of technology, we can make use of the patient’s own brain waves that can serve to be the hope against tough to treat PTSD. PTSD is an abbreviation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It can be developed as a reaction to an event that is terrifying. For instance, natural disaster, trauma, physical violence, sexual assault or other kinds of trauma. People with such a condition may come across flashbacks, prolonged anxiety, nightmares, and other life alerting symptoms.

Mayer Bellehsen says that, “Conventional treatments for PTSD are often not sufficient for addressing this difficult condition”. He serves as Director of the Feinberg division of the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families living in Bay Shore, N.Y.

He explained that, traditional treatments usually do not address the issue and fail to offer sufficient relief, most of the people cannot tolerate the treatment and discontinue the treatment before even when they could have experienced the full benefits.

This new study suggesting the brainwave to be effective for the treatment against PSTD, has been led by the researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem N.C. The investigators are looking forward to treat the situation i.e. PSTD with the help of another angle. It is through the own brain waves of the patients.

This study included 18 patients. They completed around an average of 16 successive, daily sessions with the researchers. They called these sessions as “noninvasive closed loop acoustic stimulation brainwave technology.”

The activity of the patient’s brains was monitored during the sessions. Certain brain frequencies were translated in to acoustic tones. These were then relayed back to the patients with the help of ear buds.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Charles Tegeler, professor of neurology, at the Wake Forest said that, “It’s as if the brain can look at itself in an acoustic mirror, recalibrate its patterns towards improved balance and reduced hyperarousal, and can relax.”

After the sessions, almost 90 percent of the patients reported meaningful decrease in their symptoms of the PSTD.

Tegeler also said that, “The effects of chronic stress are killing people and the medical profession has not yet found an answer for how best to treat them. We believe there is a need for effective, noninvasive, nondrug therapies for symptoms of post-traumatic stress, which is why we conducted this trial”.

Bellehsen reviewed all the findings and he was optimistic. He said that the research has given “a novel approach to thinking about and devising treatments for PTSD. It is notable that most [patients] seemed to tolerate the intervention and did not experience negative events in the course of the treatment.” He also added that, “these findings need to be viewed with caution as there is much more work to be done before these efforts can lead to a clinically meaningful intervention.” He also added that the work should have included larger group. Moreover, the clinician rated measurements of PSTD symptoms should be looked in to rather than patients self-report.

Bellehsen further stated that, however, this study is a small pilot study and “these findings need to be viewed with caution as there is much more work to be done before these efforts can lead to a clinically meaningful intervention”.

Dr. Aaron Pinkhasov agreed with these new findings and agreed that any progress in this regards will be welcome. He also added that it would be great to see a larger study demonstrating better results in this regards.

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