Condition: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

How does Advanced Biofeedback Center identify Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Although the term Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may have been coined during the Vietnam War Era by mental health professionals in the 1960s, the behavioral and psychological symptoms that are known as PTSD have existed probably since the beginning of humankind.

"Post" means "after." The "traumatic" portion refers to you either personally experiencing or witnessing a horrible event in which either you or someone else risked serious injury or death, or some event in which the integrity of one's body was seriously compromised.

There are six main criteria that comprise the diagnosis of PTSD:

  1. Exposure to a serious event in which you respond in an intensely fearful, helpless, or horrified manner.
  2. Re-experiencing the event in any one or more ways, including recurring thoughts or dreams of the event.
  3. Avoiding certain places, people, or things that remind you of the event or feeling emotionally numbed by the event.
  4. Persistent symptoms of physical arousal (that is, agitation) that adversely affect appetite, sleep, concentration, and other aspects of your life.
  5. Duration of the aforementioned problems is more than one month.
  6. Your problems are causing significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of your functioning.

Your clinician would want to know the circumstances you confronted during the traumatic event.

You may be administered some standardized psychological tests that will assess the severity of your post-traumatic stress and how it is affecting various aspects of your life.

Periodically through the course of biofeedback training, your clinician may ask you to take certain tests again to see how you are progressing.