Trauma & PTSD Treatment

Traumatic events overwhelm the mind and body. If you have experienced trauma, you may feel socially disconnected, numb or isolated. You may find yourself feeling more afraid and vulnerable, and have difficulty trusting others. Everybody reacts to trauma differently, and symptoms may occur immediately or surface months or even years after the traumatic event.

Psychological trauma contains three common elements:

  • It was unexpected
  • The person was unprepared
  • There was nothing the person could do to prevent it from happening.

Sometimes trauma symptoms are mild and may go away with time. Some cases may develop into post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) where severe symptoms, such as flashbacks and insomnia, increase over time. When it comes to trauma, the sooner you seek professional help the better.

Causes of Trauma

  • Abuse
  • Violence
  • Accidents
  • Catastrophic events
  • Terminal illness/bereavement

Symptoms of Trauma

  • Flashbacks
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Self-medication
  • Emotional detachment

When to seek help

It is especially important to get help if you experience any of the following:

  • You feel unable to function in day-to-day life.
  • You are unable to form or maintain relationships.
  • You are self-medicating with drugs and/or alcohol.
  • You are experiencing severe flashbacks.
  • You feel emotionally numb.
  • You are suffering from an anxiety/stress disorder due to trauma.

 

I am now able to cope with the activities of daily living that became so difficult after my incident. MR

 

See Images of Your Brain

Brain maps use EEG technology to take pictures of the flow of electricity throughout your brain. These pictures help define exactly what kind of problem you are dealing with, guide treatment planning, and specifically answer how Neurofeedback can help. Brain maps can even show where medication might help, such as stimulants that your doctor might prescribe to help offset sleepy brainwaves.

We use brain maps extensively and every neurofeedback client begins with a comprehensive assessment report. The brain map images help you clearly understand your individual electrical patterns, the highs and lows in your brainwaves, and your unique opportunities for healthier brain balance.

A Personalized Approach

Neurofeedback provides a very customized approach for each individual client. Our brain map assessment compares your brain to a normative database, pinpointing target locations and brainwaves for change. We obtain measurable, quantitative feedback every session so we can see real progress. Brain maps make what is normally an invisible thing visible, with simple understandable pictures.

Neurofeedback clears up slow and fast brainwave imbalances that block healthy neurological processes, freeing your brain to achieve its full potential, with lasting effects that maximize your brain power.

 

Advice for trauma sufferers

  • Don’t isolate – connecting with others will help to heal you.
  • Ask for help – recognize when you need help.
  • Participate in social activities – take part in activities you used to enjoy.
  • Volunteer to help others – helping others reminds you of your strengths.
  • Stick to a daily routine – routines keep you grounded.
  • Acknowledge feelings as they occur – be prepared to deal feelings as the arise.
  • Look after yourself – get rest, eat well and exercise.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs – which can lead to self-destructive behaviour.
  • Learn relaxation techniques – meditation, yoga, deep breathing and massage.

 

 

Trauma Treatment

When treating psychological trauma, it is important to first calm strong emotions and reduce the high-stress ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction.  Neurofeedback and red light therapy help to stabilize mood and energy levels. Rebuilding a sense of trust and safety is also essential.

Improving general health and wellness through exercise, diet and other methods helps to strengthen inner healing resources.

Dr. Diamond’s services are fully covered for clients registered with:

First Nation Health Authority Benefits Program (FNHA)

To find out if you are eligible for funding, schedule a free 10 min telephone intake appointment where we will gather information to obtain approval from FNHA.

 

Lasting Results

Improve your quality of life and get your brain back in balance

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