Thursday, January 17, 2013

Neuro-Minded




Have you ever felt like the weight of the world was on your shoulders? For many people, this statement can be taken to heart. Problems exist in everyday life and some may be as insignificant as a hang nail or be as catastrophic as a terrible accident. Most view stress as simply an inconvenience and have the ability to move on. They can go grocery shopping with ease, have regularly scheduled medical appointments, socialize with friends, and even travel.

However, there is a darker side to stress that cripples both the body and mind. It eats away at reality and harbours the most painful memories, to the point where functioning is grossly impaired. Sometimes you’re okay and no one would ever suspect you had an issue, and other times, for no apparent reason, you’re whipped into a mind-set of uncontrollable fear and panic that takes over. You try and stop it by using all the different techniques, but nothing helps and so when the episode finally ends, all you want to do is cry because of how physically and emotionally exhausted you feel inside.

Post-Traumatic-Stress is real and not an imaginary condition. It’s not an illness that only war veterans suffer from, it could plague your neighbour, parent, sibling, or even your partner. With the amazing advances in modern medicine, Neuro-Biofeedback is a technique used by many professionals to help people who suffer from a wide range of conditions and it is available here in Windsor, Ontario. Many doctors are proponents of this form of therapy and have seen great results from their patients, along with psychological counselling, and without the long-term use of medication (which often can be more harmful because of the nasty side effects).

I am fortunate to bring my readers some insight into this procedure, by following a woman through Neuro-Biofeedback. To preserve her dignity, she has asked me not to disclose her name, due to the fact that she is worried that she’ll lose any chance of gaining future employment, and the stigma it will bring to her older children/family, since not everyone understands and may see her in a negative light.

However, she was touched that I reached out to her and I have committed myself to documenting her progress until her sessions are done. So, we came up with the name of “Lucy,” named after icon Lucille Ball, whom she admires greatly. She’s excited, yet a little nervous to be sharing, but feels happy for a chance to get her life back on track. I also note that you’ll be able to get an idea of what goes on, but the main purpose is the content you will read from her personal feelings after each session. If you are interested in the actual barebones, it makes sense to book a consultation with someone who specializes in this form of therapy.

So what’s next? Lucy washes her hair with baby shampoo to get ready for her first “brain-mapping” session.

Stay tuned.