Dr. Doug Hanner

Dr. Doug Hanner

Dr. Hanner is particularly interested in how the chronic effects of trauma and prolonged stress impact both our mental and physical well-being. He has seen first-hand how resolving and integrating the effects of trauma in an individual, can have miraculous effects on both physical and mental illness.

Effectiveness, Cost-Utility, and Safety of Neurofeedback with PTSD

Study Review

Effectiveness, Cost-Utility, and Safety of Neurofeedback Self-Regulating Training in Patients with PTSD

As experts in mental health care, the primary objective is to offer the most effective and safe treatments to those suffering from PTSD. The innovative field of neurofeedback presents a groundbreaking opportunity to enhance our therapeutic repertoire.

This study provides compelling evidence of the profound impact NSRT can have. Let me share why this is revolutionary and why it is imperative that we integrate this into our practice.

Study Overview:

The study under discussion provides a rigorous examination of Neurofeedback Self-Regulating Training (NSRT) in the treatment of PTSD. Key findings include:

1.  Symptom Reduction: NSRT showed a statistically significant reduction in PTSD symptoms. The study highlighted improvements in specific symptoms like re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal.

2.  Ancillary Benefits: Beyond PTSD symptoms, NSRT also demonstrated improvements in associated conditions like anxiety, depression, and insomnia, indicating a holistic impact on mental health.

3.  Safety Profile: Importantly, the study reported no adverse events related to NSRT, reinforcing its safety as a therapeutic intervention.

4.  Cost-Effectiveness: The economic analysis within the study points to NSRT’s cost-effectiveness, making it a viable option for a wide range of patients.

5.  Quality of Life: Patients undergoing NSRT experienced improvements in overall quality of life, which is a critical measure in PTSD treatment.

Implications for Psychotherapists:

As professionals dedicated to the mental well-being of our clients, these findings underscore the importance of incorporating NSRT into our practice. The evidence from this study not only highlights NSRT’s effectiveness in symptom reduction but also its role in improving general mental health and quality of life, all within a safe and cost-effective framework. It is essential for us as clinicians to be aware of and utilize such evidence-based interventions to provide the best possible care to individuals suffering from PTSD. Integrating NSRT into our therapeutic arsenal offers a promising avenue for enhancing treatment outcomes and overall patient well-being.

Leem J, Cheong MJ, Lee H, Cho E, Lee SY, Kim GW, Kang HW. Effectiveness, Cost-Utility, and Safety of Neurofeedback Self-Regulating Training in Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Healthcare (Basel). 2021 Oct 11;9(10):1351. doi: 10.3390/healthcare9101351. PMID: 34683031; PMCID: PMC8544423.

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