Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can wreak havoc on a person’s mental and physical health. Sufferers can experience bouts of extreme panic, anxiety, or depression, as well as problems sleeping, cardiovascular issues, and gastrointestinal disorders. Treatments for PTSD typically include a combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy, but a new outside-the-box approach could prove to be much more effective.
Allowing patients to listen to their own brain activity isn’t merely a cool trick, though.
According to the Wake team, when the patient is listening, the brain understands that it is hearing its own oscillations, and if what it is hearing is too erratic (a symptom of PTSD), it will make the changes necessary to “self-optimize” into a more balanced pattern.
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