Neurofeedback, a therapeutic treatment displaying a patient’s brain activity to teach self-regulation of conditions like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, has proven effective in treating the condition in veterans, according to a study conducted at Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert’s Neurofeedback Center.
Nearly 80 percent of veterans who participated in the campus’ study showed improvement in auditory and visual attention after 20 half-hour treatment sessions, according to a paper recently published by the Neurofeedback Center.
In Neurofeedback treatment, sensors are placed on the scalp, while patients are taught to train themselves to regulate their brain function as they view their brain activity on monitors in real time.
The 20 veteran participants reported suffering from ADHD, major depression, generalized anxiety and learning disabilities, in addition to PTSD, according to the study. PTSD symptoms have been seen in one in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, according to CSUSB Palm Desert.
Nearly 80 percent of the study participants “reported positive levels of well-being” following the treatments, with improvements seen in listening and verbal communication skills. All participants in the study, which was funded by San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs, were volunteers.
The study was based on neurofeedback clinical interventions provided by Connie McReynolds, a licensed psychologist and director of the Neurofeedback centers at Cal State San Bernardino and its Palm Desert campus.
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