Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs after a traumatic event wherein feelings of anxiety persist beyond a month following the event. The most common feature of PTSD is hypervigilance and/or a heightened fight or flight state (link: https://neuroptimal.com)(neurofeedback page of our website) Some parents experience PTSD as a result of the shock and grief surrounding the events of one’s child receiving a scary diagnosis.
Often when we feel anxious, we look around at our circumstances with the assumption that a stressful event or trauma must be at the root of what we are feeling. We might conclude “I am anxious because my job is too stressful” or “I experienced trauma as a child” or “I am anxious because anxiety runs in my family”. Sometimes we are made to believe that we are inherently anxious or nervous, as though it is a personality flaw-that we are simply less capable of coping than others. Feeling this way can make it difficult for a person to seek anxiety support.
People who seek anxiety support may have underlying biochemical imbalances, toxic overloads and/or nutritional deficiencies that may be at the root of, or contribute to, one’s anxiety. Additionally, they may also have sensory processing challenges and poorly integrated neurosensorimotor reflexes of which they are unaware. These processing challenges can quickly drain our personal resources, making it more difficult to be resilient in the face of everyday stresses. Often, such individuals have always had these challenges to the extent that they don’t know any different-how then, is one to know that something foundational is not quite right? For instance, if one has never had good visual tracking skills, how would a person know that his or her vision could be better?
At Overture, our approach to anxiety support entails a nutritional and lifestyle assessment and a HANDLE® neurosensorimotor evaluation. We offer NeurOptimal neurofeedback as a means of engaging the central nervous system in a non-invasive way, to help the brain find more efficient pathways of function.
While life circumstances can certainly become overwhelming and as human beings, we are more overstimulated than ever, it is possible to be more resilient in the face of stress without having to cognitively override our stress and think our way out of it. Although changing one’s thoughts can definitely help, efforts to change our thoughts will go further when our underlying health issues are addressed.