Unfortunately, the number of individuals affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is on the rise. We know that PTSD can stem from a range of frightening events such as soldiers coming home from war, domestic violence victims and traumatic brain injuries. Events such as these can profoundly affect quality of life for its victim’s years after the initial incident. Those who are affected sometimes withdraw from family and social activities, regressing into a world of overwhelming guilt, depression, anger and overall loss of sense of self.
PTSD, from a diagnostic standpoint, is typically considered a psychological disorder under anxiety, but new research is challenging this. Understanding how the brain structurally and functionally plays a role in the development and symptoms of PTSD offers much more promise for treatment.
PTSD is classically viewed as a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Within the worldview and paradigm of clinical neurology, PTSD is an adaptive response to traumatic events which creates a heightened sensitivity of brain regions involved in producing the natural stress response. This is a great example of negative neuroplasticity, where the brain just got too efficient at detecting stress to the point where, even in harmless situations, a threat or danger is perceived.
Any psychological disorder at its core really a neurochemical issue, which is why most traditional treatments are aimed at neurotransmitter levels. We know from research that PTSD is not purely a neurochemical issue, but results in structural alterations as well. This would create a basis for it being considered a primary neurological disorder with psychological characteristics.
We want you and your loved ones to know there is help out there. The BRAIN Center’s innovative and cutting-edge therapies, techniques and technologies can help improve brain-based injuries that are often a contributing factor in PTSD.
The therapies we employ identify specific central nervous system impairments and provide targeted stimulation to affected areas. Targeted stimulation is used to repair neuronal pathways, improve brain function, and decrease symptomatology associated with PTSD.
If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD, schedule a consultation to learn how we can help.