Neurofeedback has been able to relieve first responders of PTSD, job burnout, and suicidal thoughts.
The job of a first responder is nothing short of honorable, but after years of seeing traumatic scenes and helping people on the worst days of their lives, it can begin to take a toll. Many first responders suffer from PTSD, anxiety, substance abuse, and exhibit suicidal tendencies due to the psychological struggles of their jobs. The “always-on” mentality can only continue for so long until a person begins to suffer under the weight of their duties.
Thankfully, there is now a game-changing program known as Neurofeedback to help re-train a first responder’s brain to stay calm, react appropriately to stimulation, and relieve the effects of job-related stressors and traumas. Neurofeedback works by utilizing the brain’s own natural coping mechanisms in order to treat symptoms of PTSD to prepare an individual for future episodes.
This non-invasive process relies on biofeedback to monitor brainwave responses to certain types of stimulation, including symptoms that can trigger PTSD. The patient wears a special device that contains electrodes to detect brainwaves. The patient is put in a comfortable, quiet room where they control what they see on a TV screen while listening to music. From there, Neurofeedback helps the brain train itself to respond to the contents on-screen. As the patient’s brain calms, the music gets louder and images on the TV get larger. This positive reinforcement re-wires the brain to respond appropriately to various stimulation and, over time, the patient begins to feel relief from their symptoms and take back control of their lives.