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EEG feedback at Salvation Army Bell Shelter

January 9, 2020

Carol Kelson and Ben Miller did a study here with
I believe around 14 Veterans with PTSD Symptoms And that was in April 2013 and the results of the study were so good and so many of the veterans, in fact I think ever veteran who participated in the study saw a significant symptom reduction that that really excited us and made us want to expand the neurofeedback program and serve as many veterans as possible Since then we’ve seen it not only keep the people that we had previously but we’ve added probably 30 to 40 new clients that come in anywhere from 2 to 4 times a week I think the biggest evidence of whether something works good when it comes to veterans is to ask the veteran and from what I can tell and all the veterans I’ve spoken to neurofeedback is the ticket for them It’s helped clearing my mind a little bit get some of that yuck out of there I sleep a lot better whether it’s 4 hours or 8 hours I go to bed a lot easier neurofeedback’s really been helping me in my anger it keeps me calmer that was one of the big factors I was doing neurofeedback for, is for that it also helps me with depression and anxiety for me, I’ve been more relaxed and, I mean, I’m already able to like stay up all day, I’m alert the noise is gone since I started coming over here to neurofeedback this side, the left side still a little bit there but it helped me quite a bit the neurofeedback has helped me a lot some of our biggest victories are bringing down panic attacks helping people sleep better having their medications stabilize or even go down for things such as sleep, anxiety and mood swings A lot of them also talk about feeling more calm and in control of their emotions less anxious less depressed so those are some of the main benefits we’re seeing with our veterans Several of the guys come up to me almost daily to report, ya know, the transformation of their lives and the relief of symptoms that they thought were beyond help and just to see that hope again in our clients is really amazing and heartwarming we’ve seen the program really continue to expand to the point where I believe we’re serving about 20 to 25 clients per week with neurofeedback now we moved into a new spacious room so now we have 4 stations set up the exciting thing is that we now have women in addition to men there are quite a few women who are being treated with neurofeedback in our initial study it was all men and I’m happy to say that we have both men and women now as part of the neurofeedback program here at Bell Shelter personality wise, the depression is lifting it seems like if I come in for a session and I happen to be extremely down that day as soon as I’m done with the session it’s almost like a sedate feeling more leveled, more leveled out. and able to think a lot better I would really love to expand the program we know that it works really well with people in recovery it reduces the relapse rate we would love to be able to expand it beyond just veterans to include more people in our recovery program and I think most of our clients have been through trauma becoming homeless and there may have been other traumas that they experienced in their childhood that they’re still carrying with them and I think the neurofeedback could really help go a long way in healing some of those old wounds for all of our clients and helping them find their way better in life I’m not going to drink no more, that’s why I came here even that neurofeedback helped me with that, made me think about what I was doing wrong, how to improve my life I can actually stay asleep and then, waking up, I usually feel groggy, but now that’s starting to dissipate one veteran I spoke with, his job in Vietnam was body bagging and he had multiple suicide attempts on his life he told me this is the only thing that’s ever helped him and he hasn’t had a panic attack since he’s begun the program My vision is that in the future any client at Bell Shelter who wants to receive neurofeedback treatment would be able to get in fairly quickly and start their treatment especially our folks in the wellness center, our drug and alcohol treatment facility we know how well neurofeedback works with folks with addiction issues So, if we can get those folks in really rapidly it will be a major benefit to them

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