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Child abuse or any childhood trauma is a horrific experience, with effects lasting for decades if left untreated. Depending on the level of abuse or trauma, the brain reacts in such a way that often hides the exact sequence of events, which then manifests into exterior behavioral issues.
According to the National Children’s Alliance, more than 700,000 children are abused each year. Child abuse is deadly, causing more than 1,770 deaths each year in the United States, and children within their first year are most at risk. With such alarming statistics, one has to wonder what can be done to prevent the cycle of childhood trauma from being passed down through the generations. At Brain Forest Centers, we believe that neurofeedback is an answer for many, especially those looking for healing from childhood trauma.
Over the past decade, more and more research has been done supporting neurofeedback therapy and how it can help provide healing from childhood trauma. Most times, people who’ve been through a traumatic experience as children develop severe PTSD, where their brains live in a constant state of heightened awareness. Living with a stressed brain causes anxiety and depression, in addition to PTSD.
In 2014, R.C. Kluestsch, MSc, and a team of researchers decided to determine if neurofeedback could help patients living with PTSD. Using single therapy sessions, these researchers wanted to determine if 21 individuals were capable of learning how to reduce the brainwaves associated with anxiety and arousal. Their findings concluded that the subjects reported a greater sense of calm after the session, indicating neurofeedback therapy could provide healing from childhood trauma. Since then, doctors and researchers worldwide have been working to determine how this kind of treatment can help the masses.
Reaching Optimal State
The goal of neurofeedback is not to heal your childhood trauma or change the events that led to the abuse. Instead, we focus on the effects this trauma is having on your brain. The goal is to achieve an optimal state where both your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems work in balance. Neurofeedback retrains the neural pathways in your brain, so you’re left in a state of restful awareness.
Once your brain begins to develop these new pathways, you can then start to unpack your boxes and better understand the trauma that’s been tucked away. You’ll be able to recall and resolve past painful memories with less distress and confusion within your mind.
Signs You’re Living with Childhood Trauma
Sometimes, many of our patients don’t even realize they’re living with childhood trauma or PTSD. While the trauma can stem from sexual abuse, death, war, violence, school shootings, neglect, accidents, emotional or physical abuse, or natural disasters, the PTSD often comes out physically and biologically. Here are some ways your PTSD could be manifesting in your body:
- Sudden sweating, heart palpitations, and increased heart rate
- Feelings of disconnect and numbness
- Difficulty trusting others
- Increased use of drugs or alcohol
- Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks
- Headaches, backaches, stomachaches, and muscle tension
- Changes in mood, sleep patterns, appetite, and interests
Most of these symptoms manifest from the stress your brain and body are feeling from your childhood trauma. While neurofeedback does not target these symptoms, it can help your brain heal from the trauma, which means your brain can heal your body and put you back into a balanced, happy state.
Heal Your Brain, Heal the Trauma
Neurofeedback therapy from Brain Forest Centers starts with a consultation and the completion of a qEEG brain map. We develop a personalized plan designated to helping you heal from childhood trauma and PTSD. We put our energy into controlling your brain waves and redirecting them to produce healthy, balanced channels in your brain. If you’re in the Indianapolis area and live with symptoms from your childhood, contact us today at (317) 288-9828.