Anyone Is Susceptible To PTSD

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Approximately 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event.

A “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm.  But in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged.

People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.


This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and many other serious events. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or is harmed. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD.

  • Re-experiencing Symptoms

  • Avoidance or Depression Symptoms

  • Hyperarousal or Anxiety Symptoms

Re-experiencing Symptoms

  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating

  • Bad dreams

  • Frightening thoughts.

Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. They can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing.

Avoidance or Depression Symptoms

  • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience

  • Feeling emotionally numb

  • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry

  • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past

  • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.

Things that remind a person of the traumatic event can trigger avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.

Hyperarousal or Anxiety Symptoms

  • Being easily startled

  • Feeling tense or “on edge”

  • Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.

Hyperarousal symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic event. They can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.

What are your options? 

Treating PTSD with Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is “talk” therapy. It involves talking with a mental health professional to treat a mental illness. Psychotherapy can occur one-on-one or in a group. Talk therapy treatment for PTSD usually lasts 6 to 12 weeks, but can take more time. Research shows that support from family and friends can be an important part of therapy.

Treating PTSD with Medication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two medications for treating adults with PTSD:

  • sertraline (Zoloft)

  • paroxetine (Paxil)

Both of these medications are antidepressants, which are also used to treat depression.

The FDA issued a Black Box Warning (A “black box” warning is the most serious type of warning on prescription drug labeling.)

Black Box Warning

The warning emphasizes that patients of all ages taking antidepressants should be closely monitored, especially during the initial weeks of treatment. Possible side effects to look for are worsening depression, suicidal thinking or behavior, or any unusual changes in behavior such as sleeplessness, agitation, or withdrawal from normal social situations. The warning adds that families and caregivers should also be told of the need for close monitoring and report any changes to the physician. The latest information can be found on the FDA Web site

Treating PTSD with Medication

Doctors may also prescribe other types of medications, such as the ones listed below. There is little information on how well these work for people with PTSD.

  • Benzodiazepines

    • These medications may be given to help people relax and sleep. People who take benzodiazepines may have memory problems or become dependent on the medication.

  • Antipsychotics.

    • These medications are usually given to people with other mental disorders, like schizophrenia. People who take antipsychotics may gain weight and have a higher chance of getting heart disease and diabetes.

  • Research over the past 40 years has demonstrated that inappropriate brainwave activity is at the core of most neurological disorders.

  • Neurofeedback is a sophisticated form of biofeedback that actually trains the brain to normalize the brainwaves and make them flexible and adaptable to situational needs.

  • And the results are permanent!

  • What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is based upon the principle that there is a normal pattern of brain wave activity and that the brain regulates itself based upon this pattern.

Research demonstrates that this normal pattern of brainwave activity may become disrupted, resulting in a dysregulated brain and causing neurological symptoms.  

Neurofeedback Research and Statistics: 

  • In 1991 Peniston published a study in a top journal, Medical Psychotherapy using neurofeedback with Vietnam veterans suffering with PTSD

  • There were 2 groups:

    • Group 1 – 14 subjects received traditional therapies

    • Group 2 – 15 subjects received neurofeedback, deep states training in addition to the traditional therapies

    • By the end of the month long study only group 2 tested within normal limits on psychological testing; and

    • Thirty months later 12 of the 15 who had done the deep states training were living a normal life while all 14 in the control group had relapse.

PTSD can affect children and teens as well as adults. To continue, reading please go to the blog post, PTSD in Children and Teens.

 If you are sick and tired of the experiencing the negative symptoms of PTSD, please call us at (844) 272-4666 or go to and book a free neurofeedback session to learn more.

We want to meet you, hear your story and discuss options on how to help.

A free session is our way to provide you an opportunity to try neurofeedback and answer any questions you may have in a convenient and stress-free environment.

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