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Hi, I am here to share and hopefully help people that like me had/have sever to high PTSD. Something horrible happened to someone i loved more then anything in the world in front of me and it resulted in his death.

I wanted to die, i was in so much emotional pain and i did not know how to process the trauma or the grief. It consumed my mind, i couldnt stop the racing thoughts, i was having severe panic attacks, i developed IBS-D. I was always in fear, I was always thinking everyone around me is going to die. I felt like i couldn't breath.

Anytime I was a passenger in a motor vehicle, i immediately would start sweating, turn white, i couldn't breath full blown panic attack and irritable bowl syndrome would kick in and i would have full blown diarrhea. the IBS got so bad that I couldn't leave my house, i was so afraid all the time. I couldn't be around people.

Anytime I was around people I would have fear, even faces look distorted at times and I would immediately get diarrhea because my fight or flight response wasn't working properly. It got to a point where I wouldn't leave my house at all. I started doing EMDR therapy and we pushed the trauma too soon and my panic attacks got out of control completely. I would fall over sweating, breathing into a bag.

I couldn't sleep. Every time I would try to fall asleep, I would get a panic attack, woken up by super racing heart rate and the anxiety was so drastic that I would hear a sound in my head and I was terrified. I remember the wind blowing outside the window and i was so scared, i was crying in the corner of my room in fear.

I was already diagnosed with an anxiety disorder before the trauma, however i had a really good corporate job, I was extremely successful and my life was on track. This was a plot twist i did not see coming. My PTSD got so bad that i almost got hospitalized because of it. I couldnt sleep, i kept hearing sounds because my brain couldnt decipher them.

I thought i was developing schizophrenia, I wasnt I was just having sever PSTD. I was diagnosed with severe to high PTSD. I have done yoga for 13 years of my life and i remember my mom driving me to the yoga studio and as i would ger there i just couldnt go into class I would having a panic attack before i even step into the studio. Complete fear around people none stop.

I thought i would be disabled for the rest of my life. I am naturally a very driven person, so i searched online for months trying to find a way to put my mind back together. This is when i found Neurofeedback. It has saved my life. I have been doing neurofeedback for 4 months and I never get panic attacks, I got my social life back, I go out with friends, I am not afraid in a room full of people, i am starting a new job, i am not having any more nightmares, my ibs is much better under control. I never have suicidal thoughts anymore and i am truly happy again. So if you are struggling from PTSD/anxiety/depression/addictions/add/adhd/memory issues, please look into Neurofeedback.

I know there are so many of us out there silently suffering so i wanted to share in the hopes that this can help you get your life back. I am happy to help and answer any questions about my recovery process. I am still in treatment and I am excited to see how much better i am going to get and if i can cure my IBS-D completely with this as well. As I mentioned before I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder before the trauma, since i have been doing neurofeedback, my anxiety has been much lower then ever before (even lower then before the trauma). Please note that since neurofeedback, I never take anxiety medication anymore. I consider myself one of the lucky ones since i found this treatment and i really hope it will help you too.

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I'm sorry for what you experienced.

It's great that you have found a way to manage your symptoms.And since there's no cure for PTSD and the most we can do is learn to manage it I hope you continue to do as well as you are.And should you get triggered by something in the future,which usually happens with PTSD,at least now you know what helps you.

Thanks for sharing,I am Googling it right now.
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I am glad this approach works well in managing your PTSD.
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Thank you so much for sharing this

And I'm glad to hear your improvement!!
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Hi PTSDCure,

Welcome to Psych Central Forums.

Thank you so much for sharing. I am so sorry you went through that such a horrible trauma! I can't imagine having gone through what you went through. You are so strong! I am so happy that you shared what has worked for you. As you know, suffering from trauma seems like an endless battle and hope of ever reclaiming some sort of normalcy fades quickly. I look to fellow sufferers like yourself who have done the work and found some sort of calm and resiliency admidst the storm.

I will look into neurofeedback. I have actually never looked into it before.

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Thank you for your success story. I will be researching.
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I thought i would be disabled for the rest of my life. I am naturally a very driven person, so i searched online for months trying to find a way to put my mind back together. This is when i found Neurofeedback. It has saved my life. I have been doing neurofeedback for 4 months and I never get panic attacks, I got my social life back, I go out with friends, I am not afraid in a room full of people, i am starting a new job, i am not having any more nightmares, my ibs is much better under control. I never have suicidal thoughts anymore and i am truly happy again. So if you are struggling from PTSD/anxiety/depression/addictions/add/adhd/memory issues, please look into Neurofeedback.
I tried Neurofeedback - but it actually ended up triggering me. I always feel vulnerable going to someone new for any kind of treatment. Lack of communication is a trigger for me, and also not being able to do something right is a trigger for me. Well, I was really confused about how I was supposed to "perform" the neurofeedback, for lack of a better term. When I went to the neurofeedback sessions, depending on who was running it, they would give me conflicting info on what I was supposed to do. At one point I was told to envision myself doing something that was a trigger for me, but that I was doing it with ease. This caused me to be more stressed. They also had me sitting in a chair with my back towards the door and I couldn't tell if someone was entering the room - not a great set up for someone with PTSD. Sometimes there would noises in the hallway that would startle me too. Even though my attempts at neurofeedback were not a success, I believe it was due to flaws in how it was administered to me.

All of that to just ask you, How exactly is neurofeedback supposed to work? How did you "do" it? Any insights you have might be useful if I decide to do it again.

Some interesting things that they did tell me was that my brain waves looked like either a pot head or someone heavily into meditation, like a monk. While I was meditating at the time, I was nowhere near at the level of a monk and I was not smoking pot. It felt like the guy was accusing me of hiding my supposed use of marijuana. Also, I feel asleep a couple times. They are supposed to jiggle the door knob if they see from your brain waves that you are alseep. However, in my case, it did not show up on the system. They said I did not produce the theta waves that are characteristic of sleep. I never figured out what that meant.
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Thank you for offering an option to help cure this horrible normal human fight or flight reaction. It affects my relationships mostly. Has anyone else tried Neurofeedback? Since there are conflicting results obtained I am curious how many it has helped.
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Hi, I am here to share and hopefully help people that like me had/have sever to high PTSD. Something horrible happened to someone i loved more then anything in the world in front of me and it resulted in his death.

I wanted to die, i was in so much emotional pain and i did not know how to process the trauma or the grief. It consumed my mind, i couldnt stop the racing thoughts, i was having severe panic attacks, i developed IBS-D. I was always in fear, I was always thinking everyone around me is going to die. I felt like i couldn't breath.

Anytime I was a passenger in a motor vehicle, i immediately would start sweating, turn white, i couldn't breath full blown panic attack and irritable bowl syndrome would kick in and i would have full blown diarrhea. the IBS got so bad that I couldn't leave my house, i was so afraid all the time. I couldn't be around people.

Anytime I was around people I would have fear, even faces look distorted at times and I would immediately get diarrhea because my fight or flight response wasn't working properly. It got to a point where I wouldn't leave my house at all. I started doing EMDR therapy and we pushed the trauma too soon and my panic attacks got out of control completely. I would fall over sweating, breathing into a bag.

I couldn't sleep. Every time I would try to fall asleep, I would get a panic attack, woken up by super racing heart rate and the anxiety was so drastic that I would hear a sound in my head and I was terrified. I remember the wind blowing outside the window and i was so scared, i was crying in the corner of my room in fear.

I was already diagnosed with an anxiety disorder before the trauma, however i had a really good corporate job, I was extremely successful and my life was on track. This was a plot twist i did not see coming. My PTSD got so bad that i almost got hospitalized because of it. I couldnt sleep, i kept hearing sounds because my brain couldnt decipher them.

I thought i was developing schizophrenia, I wasnt I was just having sever PSTD. I was diagnosed with severe to high PTSD. I have done yoga for 13 years of my life and i remember my mom driving me to the yoga studio and as i would ger there i just couldnt go into class I would having a panic attack before i even step into the studio. Complete fear around people none stop.

I thought i would be disabled for the rest of my life. I am naturally a very driven person, so i searched online for months trying to find a way to put my mind back together. This is when i found Neurofeedback. It has saved my life. I have been doing neurofeedback for 4 months and I never get panic attacks, I got my social life back, I go out with friends, I am not afraid in a room full of people, i am starting a new job, i am not having any more nightmares, my ibs is much better under control. I never have suicidal thoughts anymore and i am truly happy again. So if you are struggling from PTSD/anxiety/depression/addictions/add/adhd/memory issues, please look into Neurofeedback.

I know there are so many of us out there silently suffering so i wanted to share in the hopes that this can help you get your life back. I am happy to help and answer any questions about my recovery process. I am still in treatment and I am excited to see how much better i am going to get and if i can cure my IBS-D completely with this as well. As I mentioned before I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder before the trauma, since i have been doing neurofeedback, my anxiety has been much lower then ever before (even lower then before the trauma). Please note that since neurofeedback, I never take anxiety medication anymore. I consider myself one of the lucky ones since i found this treatment and i really hope it will help you too.
You had a horrible experience with PTSD. I am so sorry. I am grateful you shared what helped you and I will look into it. Thank you and many Hugs 🤗
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Thank You for sharing How I Conquered my PTSD. I know the feelings and have recovered as well; I also went through EMDR and support it as a great tool to help difficulties in the mental health system. How I Conquered my PTSD
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