Treatment with Neurofeedback for PTSD Symptoms after Boston Marathon Bombing Donated by The NeuroDevelopment Center

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Neurofeedback is a research proven brain training method that harnesses neuroplasticity to reshape brain networks. When used to treat PTSD, neurofeedback quiets fear networks in the brain.

Bessel van der Kolk, Boston University Professor and world renowned trauma researcher and clinician states: ”Neurofeedback is a powerful treatment for traumatic stress.”

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The NeuroDevelopment Center is making available without charge 20 sessions of neurofeedback treatment to anyone with PTSD symptoms related to experiences in the Marathon bombing. This includes first responders.

Neurofeedback makes use of the brain’s capacity for change to reshape brain networks. It is a way to directly train the brain to function better. When used to treat PTSD, neurofeedback quiets fear networks in the brain. These fear networks get switched on high alert status with the traumatic event and then do not quiet when the danger is over. Neurofeedback quiets this alarm system in the brain. Research has shown effectiveness with PTSD.

Although the technology is complex, the process is simple, painless, and non-invasive. It is just learning, guided by immediate feedback about changes in the brain’s electrical activity. Every half second, brain activity is compared to a target or goal for change. The trainee gets a signal or “reward” when the target or goal for change is met. No signal or reward is given when the target is not met. This process is behavioral training of brain behavior.

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Boston University Professor and world renowned trauma researcher and clinician states: “Neurofeedback is a powerful treatment for traumatic stress.” The NeuroDevelopment Center has partnered with Dr. van der Kolk and the Trauma Center in Brookline in neurofeedback research. The NeuroDevelopment Center is a national center for excellence for neurofeedback, and has trained the staff of the Trauma Center and five residential treatment centers for children with PTSD.

The NeuroDevelopment Center’s Boston Strong Recovery Program will provide without charge a full qEEG brain map, 20 neurofeedback sessions, and treatment outcome measurement to anyone who developed PTSD symptoms after direct exposure to the Marathon bombing. This program is being offered through the NeuroDevelopment Center’s Cambridge and Providence locations. Applicants will be asked to complete a brief online survey to be sure this treatment is appropriate.

For more information: visit neurodevelopmentcenter.com, call 401 351 7779, ext 100, or attend one of the monthly evening presentations done at the Center.

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