I want to share a resource that may benefit anyone with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms that often emerge after a severe trauma or life-threatening event. This technique has played a strong role in a more rapid and sustainable recovery from the brutal gang rape, from which I experienced all 27 symptoms of PTSD, some of which included the following:
- feeling upset by reminders of what happened,
- hyper-vigilance to sudden noises, sounds, and environments that act as triggers,
- persistent flashbacks resulting in acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were happening again,
- avoidance of anything that might results in emotional or physical reactivity similar to the initial trauma,
- nightmares and difficulty sleeping,
- blunted affect and detachment,
- anxiety, irritability, and feeling constantly on-edge,
- difficulty concentrating,
- isolation and cutting-off contact from things I cared about,
- difficulty with relationships, friends and family,
- feelings of imminent danger.
People battling PTSD may typically try medication or counseling (in which techniques such as biofeedback or EMDR may be used). I tried all of these with limited success; none of them seemed to lead to a substantial improvement for me. My uncle is a Physician Assistant and he recommended I look into a treatment he heard had been effective for veterans recovering from PTSD. I was blessed to find a center offering this technique within commuting distance; I went to Neuro Strength, LLC (http://www.NeuroStrength.com/). They have been providing Brainwave Optimization with RTB™ (real-time balancing) in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area since 2007. There are more than 160 offices worldwide that offer this technology and more than 50,000 people have harnessed the strength of their own brain to triumph over difficulties. Their contact information is listed below.
Neuro Strength, LLC
10800 Lyndale Avenue S., Suite 299
Bloomington, MN 55420
Their process is well described on their website and through their professional and timely outreach, but I want to emphasize how meaningful it was for me to find a staff that cared about me and engaged with me in a non-invasive manner. Rather than being forced to relive the trauma, their process greatly reduced the associated triggers and my symptoms quickly abated. In the first two weeks of treatment, I attended 10 sessions, and I’ve only had the need to return for a few sessions since completing the recommended program during high stress times when my PTSD symptoms flare up. I know how hard it was for me to find these resources when I needed them most, so I’m sharing this with you in case it may benefit you or a loved one, now or in the future.