Should PTSD be seen as an individual problem, or is it more useful to look at the social and economic and political context that can reduce or increase the incidence of PTSD? Is military PTSD the same as civilian PTSD? Interesting questions, but for the people who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, what matters most is to find new coping or curing mechanisms.
There has been an upsurge of interest and new approaches to treating PTSD in the last fifty years, and these will inform the discussion in this film between the two veterans, the neuroscientist, and their coaches and their HorseMan mentor, Jock Hutchison.
The latest neuroscience mapping uses neurophysiological markers to measure brain activity during cognitive processing, including PTSD triggers. This can be used to make a detailed assessment of whether there is too much or too little of a particular brainwave frequency during PTSD episodes, and how well the different areas of the brain are coordinating their activity – or communicating – with one another. Identifying patterns associated with mood disorders, attention difficulties, and anxiety is then treatable with biofeedback mechanisms, allowing the person with PTSD to take considerable control over their brain functioning.