Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe disturbance of normal function resulting from exposure to highly stressful events or environments. A primitive part of the brain that responds to perceived threats becomes stuck in a state of permanent readiness, or “fight or flight”. Symptoms can include severe emotional reactivity, fear and avoidance, and a disturbance of memory.
PTSD used to be diagnosed primarily for soldiers returning from conflict (a refinement of the diagnosis “shell shock”, that described soldiers returning from the trenches in World War I). Today PTSD is increasingly used to diagnose the symptoms resulting from any significant trauma (physical or emotional) that cause a change in mental function.
Gray Matters has significant expertise in dealing with complex PTSD. Our multidisciplinary team has over 100 years of combined experience in the research and treatment of trauma, allowing us to combine the latest neuroimaging and neurofeedback, with EMDR and psychotherapy. This combination of technology and human experience yields unprecedented and quantifiable results.
The example below shows swLORETA imaging of a 16 year victim of cyberbullying. The trauma she experienced was so great that, when re-triggered, she dissociated, losing her sense of reality and forgetting who and where she was. The initial image shows significant issues, especially in the left hippocampus, responsible for episodic memory. The second image shows her brain after one month of intensive treatment at Gray Matters. As the dramatic improvement in the images below suggest, she is now functioning dramatically better.