A traumatic experience occurs when the survival of the individual is threatened or the threat on the life of those near and dear is observed.
A traumatic experience that is not integrated will keep telling the body of the individual that his ability to deal with survival is uncertain. To deal with the anxiety, the person often develops addiction in order to try to find positive expression.
The Alpha-theta neurofeedback is often used. It has been first researched by Eugene Peniston, a psychologist then employed at the Fort Lyon Veterans Administration facility to work with Vietnam veteran alcoholics. His research that was extended to PTSD in 1991 show the significant benefits of the Alpha-Theta protocol over PTSD and addiction behaviours.
– It physiologically, psychologically and perceptually distances the environment and allows the person to calmly focus inward.
– It quiets cortical function in general and the verbal self-sensor in particular.
– The EEG becomes more coherent over larger brain regions, which enlarges the subjective boundary of the self.