The term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was originally penned in reference to Vietnam War veterans who were suffering from severe trauma symptoms; including flashbacks, depression and anxiety, and hypervigilance; also physical symptoms which are triggered by traumatic memories. However, the term PTSD has become a viable psychiatric disorder for the obvious reason that people can be severely traumatized by events other than war.
If you have experienced significant trauma – whether a single significant event, or whether you lived in an emotionally unsafe and chaotic environment for a length of time– and if you are experiencing some of the symptoms above, you may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). Sometimes people with PTSD feel like they are “crazy” because of the way they depersonalize, or go numb internally, in response to reminders of the traumatic stimuli. Feeling disconnected from your body can be a scary thing, but it is a recognized symptom of PTSD. There are effective treatments for PTSD, and symptoms can be reduced or eliminated altogether.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk endorses EMDR and neurofeedback as the “big guns” of trauma treatment because they both can change brainwave activity. Fonda has extensive experience using EMDR, and she is an authorized provider of BrainPaint neurofeedback (NF). In fact, Fonda was the first person in the entire Central Valley to begin using BrainPaint. Please visit the BrainPaint page of this site for more information.
Fonda has worked extensively with people with PTSD and trauma histories. Whether you’re a member of the service from the Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq War, or Afghanistan War… Or if you’re not in the service and have experienced significant trauma, now is a good time to consider treatment so you can be free of the things that haunt you. You’re worth having your life back.
If you are a veteran with PTSD, are interested in BrainPaint neurofeedback, but are unable to pay for it, please contact Fonda Hart. There is a scholarship fund available for veterans with PTSD through Bud’s Odyssey Foundation.