Neurofeedback has been able to relieve first responders of PTSD, job burnout, and suicidal thoughts.
The job of a first responder is nothing short of honorable, but after years of seeing traumatic scenes and helping people on the worst days of their lives, it can begin to take a toll. Many first responders suffer from PTSD, anxiety, substance abuse, and exhibit suicidal tendencies due to the psychological struggles of their jobs. The "always-on" mentality can only continue for so long until a person begins to suffer under the weight of their duties.
Thankfully, there is now a game-changing program known as Neurofeedback to help re-train a first responder's brain to stay calm, react appropriately to stimulation, and relieve the effects of job-related stressors and traumas. Neurofeedback works by utilizing the brain's own natural coping mechanisms in order to treat symptoms of PTSD to prepare an individual for future episodes.
This non-invasive process relies on biofeedback to monitor brainwave responses to certain types of stimulation, including symptoms that can trigger PTSD. The patient wears a special device that contains electrodes to detect brainwaves. The patient is put in a comfortable, quiet room where they control what they see on a TV screen while listening to music. From there, Neurofeedback helps the brain train itself to respond to the contents on-screen. As the patient's brain calms, the music gets louder and images on the TV get larger. This positive reinforcement re-wires the brain to respond appropriately to various stimulation and, over time, the patient begins to feel relief from their symptoms and take back control of their lives.
Denver's own South Metro Fire Rescue enlisted Neurofeedback to assist their first responders with effective on-site therapy. To see Neurofeedback in action, check out the video below:
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