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Effectiveness of neuro-feedback treatment with alpha/theta method on PTSD symptoms and their executing function

Neuro-feedback trains the brain to produce calm status. The specific areas of the brain affected by PTSD can also be targeted and trained to produce healthier patterns. Present study aimed to determine level of neuro-feedback treatment effectiveness with alpha/theta method on PTSD symptoms and also on their executing function. The present study was an experimental clinical trial with pre-test, post-tests and follow-up. Statistical population of present study includes all patients with PTSD in Kermanshah City, in which sampling was performed by convenience sampling. It shall be pointed out that all the samples were male. Individuals were randomly assigned in two experimental (n=15) and control (n=15) groups. Experiment group was put to attend 25 sessions, each lasting for 30 to 40 minutes of four times week for neuro-feedback individually. Follow Up was performed in final session after 45 days from both experiment and reference groups. Alpha/theta protocol was used in present research. Impact of Event Scale-Revised, Beck Depression Inventory-II, Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and Tower of London were used to collect data. Shapiro Wilk, Levene test, Means, Standard Deviations and Repeated measures were performed to analyse data. Results showed significant improvement for depression and PTSD symptoms; although improvements in depression were lower than PTSD symptoms. Treatment in initial meetings with these people because of chronic illness and sometimes unsuccessful efforts need plenty of patience so establishment relationship and understanding in this area and demonstrate scientific and medical understanding, cooperation and trust of patients are very effective.

Author(s): Sima Noohi, Ali Mohammad Miraghaie, Azam Arabi, Roghieh Nooripour