What PTSD is and what brings it on: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) refers to the inability to cope in the aftermath of a traumatic event. An individual with PTSD is someone who has experienced such an event and was so affected by it that it led permanent changes to occur within the brain. Example of events severe enough to cause PTSD include serious physical assaults, a car accident or being caught up in a war or natural disaster. Common symptoms of PTSD include “racy-headedeness,” guardedness and over- vigilance, worry, low mood, sleep problems, as well as difficulties with memory and thinking clearly.
The process behind PTSD symptoms: A normal fear response involves the reduction in the brain chemical serotonin and the activation of the adrenal glands (situated just above the kidneys), to release the hormone adrenaline into the blood. Nor-adrenaline and related hormone, is activated in the brain. All of these actions are part of the so called “fight or flight response” which has the purpose of preparing the person to deal with imminent danger. As soon as any threat passes, this activation of the fear response begins to settle down and the person begins returning back to their usual, much calmer state. Occasionally, when the fear event which the person has faced is very extreme, the normal process (whereby the fear response calms-down after danger has passed) becomes disrupted – and this may result in the fear response remaining, more or less permanently switched-on. This fatigues key neurotransmitters and the adrenal glands, and leads to many of the symptoms which people with PTSD have to live with day-in, day-out. There are also severe social implications of PTSD, which frequently include a combination of family and societal violence, alcohol and drug abuse, brain damage, loss of income and increased suicidal thinking. No adequate drug or medical treatment of PTSD exists today. While medication may alleviate the depression which is frequently associated with PTSD, the same drugs can often drive the brain further into dysregulation, leaving the patient feeling emotionally numb and struggling with increased thinking and social impairments.
How Audio-Visual Entrainment can help with PTSD: Audio-Visual Brainwave Entrainment (AVE) can help those experiencing PTSD by, amongst other effects, increasing blood flow in the brain, normalising brainwaves and neurotransmitter production and calming the limbic structures of the brain. It also helps PTSD sufferers by assisting them to dissociate from destructive and distressing rumination. Indeed, the Delight Pro sessions include a proprietary randomisation process, which helps encourage dissociation and enhance the entrainment process. The benefits of these effects can include reduced anxiety, improved sleep, improved mood, increased energy and, over time, improved relationships with family and other, reduced physical problems, improved productivity and reduced dependence on medication, alcohol and recreational drugs.
Using a Digital Audio-Visual Integration Device (DAVID) for PTSD: The DAVID Delight Pro is a portable hand-held AVE device that provides a unique fusion of Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) and Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES) which, used together, could prove to be an effective tool to help manage PTSD symptoms. The machine features 25 built-in AVE sessions in its menu. These are arranged in five distinct categories: Energise, Meditate, Brain Booster, Sleep and Feeling Better, and there are five selections for each category. The built-in AVE sessions have been tested and their contents are based on the most current research findings to ensure the most effective results. The sessions on the Delight Pro are supported by research, which you may view be clicking here
The DAVID Delight Pro also incorporates the option of receiving Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), which can be used at the same time as any the 25 built-in AVE sessions, by simply attaching a small clip to each earlobe. CES helps to support the positive effects of AVE, specifically when dealing with the symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia which are part of the experience of PTSD for many sufferers. A paper reviewing the evidence supporting the effectiveness of CES can be viewed here
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You might also like to read an article which is about taking an "integrative" approach to treating long-term conditions like PTSD. Your can find the article here