Help with traumatic stress

  • Now I am able to focus on each task at hand

    M.G., 49
    Military Reservist/Professional  


    My life contains all the normal stressors: bills, house projects, work, spouse, child, family obligations, etc. In addition, I am also an active military reservist and an Iraqi veteran. I have been in the military since 1988, serving on both active duty and reserves. Since returning from Iraq in April 2004, I have been extremely  stressed, hyper-vigilant, anxious and easily set-off into explosive anger. My newfound emotions left my family unhappy, my friends confused, and work questioning my sanity.

    Within the last few months, I knew I was getting closer and closer to a complete stress/anxiety induced breakdown, or explosion, it’s hard to say which way it would go. Work also noticed my increased level of stress and anger, scaring some and causing concern among others.  My mind was in a constant cycle of thoughts coming and going, impossible to sort, categorize or control. It seemed like a hundred little men were all trying to gain my attention by shoving ideas, concepts or tasks to the front of my mind at the same time. Each little man wanted my complete focus, and as the little man gained my focus, another little man would shove him aside, restarting the cycle.

    Now, I am able to focus on each task at hand, and the hundred little men have been replaced by one little man, who only gives me one task at a time. I find I am able to focus clearly, my anger has subsided, and I haven’t verbally attacked anyone. My flashbacks and hyper-vigilance have been reduced to a manageable level. I have stopped drinking massive amounts of coffee every morning replacing it with tea. Although this may seem minor to some, I haven’t missed my morning cup of coffee in years. To stop drinking coffee, simply by choice, seemed impossible prior to “Brainwave Optimization”. I have also reduced or eliminated my nightly alcohol intake. Again, this alcohol reduction is based on my choice, not my past need to slow down the little men in my head or a desire to ward off anxiety induced insomnia.

    Additionally, and perhaps most important, I can focus on my wife and son while we are together. Our family time is not shared with work, Iraq, or that deep, dark place that we don’t want revealed to those we love.

    I truly believe Brainwave Optimization and The Warrior Transition Project have given me back my life.

    Optimized by:
    Brain State Technologies  - Scottsdale, Arizona

  • New brain opened my heart

    C.M.

    "Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives” -William James.  

    Brainwave Optimization accomplishes this shift within the brain and has improved both my sense of calmness, and increased my capacity for organization in ways I thought impossible prior to this process.  Brainwave Optimization has relinquished PTSD symptoms and to my amazement general anxiety has diminished also.  My husband and I have received countless individual blessings due to this miraculous healing method and now we are both witnessing our marriage fulfillment increase as deep joy and renewed intimacy are reborn within our relationship. I truly feel that The Wizard gave me a brain and that new brain opened my heart.  Thank you!

    Optimized by:
    Brain State Technologies  - Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Significant impact on my cognitive functioning

    S.B.
    Doctor

    Having had no previous exposure to the principles and practice of Brainwave Optimization, I was curious to experience the process. My initial consultation involved Brainwave Assessment and one of the startling observations the practitioner was able to point out, was the site and historical relevance of a trauma to the skull I had as a child and the consequential impact it would have had over the years. The actual sessions that I then undertook proved to have a significant impact on my cognitive functioning, enabling a much enhanced sense of mental acuity and focus as well as a greater sense of emotional calm, but above all the greatest benefit Brainwave Optimization had was on the quality of my sleep. For the first time in a number of years I now sleep solidly, perhaps now only waking once in the early hours of the morning, whereas previously I was waking at least four times during the night. This benefit seems to be enduring; it has been six weeks after the sessions and my sleep patterns have remained the same.

    I have no doubt that Brainwave Optimization can have significant therapeutic benefits in the collective management of such conditions as generalized anxiety, attention deficit and learning disorders especially in children, sleep disorders, depression and to enhance a better stress response in patients during times of stress.

    Optimized by:
    Brain State Technologies  - Scottsdale, Arizona

  • After 50 plus years I have finally found peace, harmony, and a sense of well being.

    Jane K.

    I wanted to thank you and Brain State Technologies.

    I have to say that BST has been a life changing experience for me and I am so very,very grateful that after 50 plus years I have finally found peace, harmony, and a sense of well being. I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, so honestly I did not think anything like BST was a reality or even a possibility. I was completely 100% wrong in my assumption of BST.

    Ever since I can remember I have always had this feeling of abandonment in my everyday relationships with friends, family, and even my husband. I was adopted atbirth by a loving Mom and Dad but it just never felt quite right.I know that most adopted children face the same issue of feeling abandoned.

    This is just the beginning of my story, as I was a victim of a violent crime in 2006 and had not recovered even though I was seeing a therapist twice weekly and a psychiatrist on a monthly basis for medications. I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression,and anxiety. I hadpanic attacks and insomnia. I have had depression to some degree throughout my life but it was exacerbated by this trauma in 2006.

    In July of 2010, I was introduced to BST by a friend who told me about a friend of his who had returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD and could not function in his daily activities.He had Brainwave Optimization and finished without any signs or symptoms PTSD.

    So I thought "Why Not?" since nothing else was helping me. I was desperate to find some help I just could not keep going on feeling this way.

    After my first complimentary brain mapping session my technologist told me that deep in my core, since childhood, I had a fear of abandonment!!! I had not told my technologists anything about this.

    I began my sessions the very next day, and just three days after I started I slept 12 hours without any sleep medications!! I thought I was going to have to be on sleeping pills for the rest of my life.  Not so- I sleep every night straight through and I am thrilled.

    My sense of abandonment is gone. My depression has lifted. I haven't had any panic attacks and I have no anxiety at all.

    I feel myself changing everyday. I am now making much healthier choices about the food I eat and the way I interact with people in my daily life. I now look forward to every day and feel very blessed to have found BST. I feel in control of my life and my choices, something I never sensed before. Friends and family have all noticed the change in me. Even my therapist was shocked to see the "new me". BST has given me, for the first time in my life, a sense of harmony and peace.I feel like I am on a journey of self-discovery and it feels wonderful.

    I used to love to go gambling and play the slot machines(it just put me in a place where I did not think about my life). I have no desire to go gambling, doesn't even sound like fun to me anymore. Unbelievable!!

    This horrible trauma that had been deeply imprinted in my brain is gone. My hope is for anyone who is struggling with trauma,addictions,depression, or PTSD that they are fortunate enough to find BST. It has changed my life and it feels great to be alive!!

    Optimized By: Ann Vogel
    Brain Balancing International - San Mateo, California

  • The frenetic energy I usually carry internally has mellowed out

    I notice that I was mentally exhausted after the first day, as if I had just taken an especially grueling examination. This sensation increased during the second day and I found that my eyes, despite the fact that they were closed for many protocols, felt dry and exhausted, as if I had used them past the point of eyestrain.

    On the third day, although I did not have the same sense of exhaustion, I seemed to be "out of it" in the morning and experiencing a sense of being squeezed by a vise from my diaphragm to my pelvis and by a too-tight collar at the throat in the afternoon. That evening, these sensations seemed to represent decades of suppressing and not expressing my feelings.

    During the second afternoon and periodically over the next two days, I smelled ether. My father was a veterinarian and his animal operations were performed in the basement of our home, where he had an office. Additionally, ether was a smell my nervous system learned about within hours of my birth. I would have died within a few days after birth unless I was operated on within 48 hours. The operation was extensive and long with some doubt I would survive.

    I noted as the week after the intensive progressed that I felt less global anxiety, felt somehow more settled, and filled with more self-confidence and the belief that I could cope with whatever comes along. In addition, the sensation of exhaustion dissipated.

    I can't recall when, but during the intensive session, I experienced tingling and an ache to my eyes and facial bones commensurate with injuries from a mugging. Aches in my lower back, shoulders and neck corresponded to those suffered when I walked into a moving car during a huge fog when I was six years old. During that incident, my clothing got ensnarled in the bumper of a passing car and I was dragged a few blocks. This may have repeated itself when I felt pins and needles in my shoulders and down my left arm. During one set of protocols, there was an ache that grew in intensity in my dominant hand; the sensation was between the first and second fingers and in the webbing between my thumb and index finger. The sensation varied during several protocols and sometimes was faintly echoed in my opposite hand. I know of no previous injuries to my hands.

    Periodic headaches occurred during the intensive week. These seemed to lessen and/or disappear whenever I thought of the mugging. The mugging is an issue that I have long carried with me as it affected my life so severely that things were never quite the same at work and in my personal sense of wellbeing after it happened.

    Listening to the audio CD after the intensive was completed, I began to recall things from my past. For example, I recalled the operation I had at one-day old through sensations, pains, etc. in my pelvic region. Twice I re-experienced the back, shoulder and neck pains of the car dragging. Early in the week after the intensive, I relieved the eye, face and head trauma of the mugging.

    Most prevalent during listening to the CD was a sense of being unable to draw enough air, with the focus being a severe constriction in my throat. The sensation eased and disappeared when I thought of being s"MOTHER"ed into suppressing emotions. At times, after the intensive, when I was listening to my CD for the ten minutes twice daily, my mind wandered or I was distracted by loud traffic sounds nearby my home.

    Five days after the intensive, I notice that I am not so depressed by the silence from family members, which has long disturbed me. In fact, the week after my sessions I had no contact with important persons in my life and it seemed to bother me less than I would have thought.

    I have also found myself doing a recall of traumatic events and it seemed to me that the frequent smell of ether growing up could be attributed to having a tonsillectomy, the animal operations going on in the basement of my family home, the car dragging me and the subsequent medical care, and operation at one day oldthat I needed to live; all of these remembrances felt quite "tender".

    After a flashback to a "smothering" event, I went to a very hurtful event where my grandmother openly said to my mother when I was quite young that maybe I shouldn't have lived as I was so much work because of frequent doctor's visits, daily routines that had to happen for me to maintain health, and the general worry of whether I would be OK as I continued to grow to adulthood. My mother did not respond nor defend that of course she would have taken me problems and all and what an awful thing to say; my mother didn't reply to my grandmother's statement. As this memory again came up, this time I saw the child's throat probably around the age of three being closed by a transparent hand.

    All in all, I am relieved that my mind is less like the energizer bunny spinning round and round with thoughts. The frenetic energy I usually carry internally has mellowed out. I just feel that I can deal with whatever comes my way instead of living in some form of vague dread. Now I have a sense of, "Well, I can do that."

    Optimized by: Barbara Davis-Thompson
    Barbara Davis-Thompson, LCSW - New York, New York


  • I wish I had had Brainwave Optimization 30 years ago.

    Ahhh...where do I begin this journey? I guess with the facts, just the facts.

    I have had depression my whole life. My mother was severely depressed during her pregnancy with me. Her mother had a history of suicide attempts, my mother had threatened it. Half of my siblings have serious depression. When I discovered drugs and alcohol (around 17 years old), I was elated. I could get so high I didn’t know I was depressed or didn't care. I did obtain sobriety for 18 years but then, with gusto, fell back into the bottle and the drugs.

    I can only describe my brain as having a thick layer of brownish/black sludge permanently lodged there. Always there. I never wanted to be alive, I was mad that I didn't get a choice about being born or not. The thoughts of not wanting to be alive I had my whole life.

    My depression and substance abuse worsened after several traumatic events occurred in my life. I wanted so much to die, but after losing my brother-in-law to suicide it was no longer an option, only because of my love for my sister.

    The sister that researched Brainwave Optimizationis the sister that found me on one of the worst binges of my life. She showed me there may be something that really worked. Rehab, counseling, 12 steps, psychoanalysis, and antidepressants had done nothing for me except offer a brief respite from the substance abuse. The sludge was still there and the need to try and blot it out.

    Out of sheer desperation I agreed to try Brain Stasis. I was scared, but I was tentatively hopeful. After watching Lee Gerdes’ DVD and looking at how the brain is optimized, I realized it makes perfectly good sense. I am a Registered Nurse and this made perfect biological and scientific sense to me. I went for Brainwave Optimization knowing it at least would not make anything worse and hoping it would make things better.

    I cannot express the changes that have been made. The documented changes in brain waves and the graphs of the balancing of the brain were just visual proof. The sludge is gone, I feel like my brain was washed clean. I worked hard with visualization during training, because I was afraid it wouldn't work. I now realize that it would have worked even if I had slept through it! My brain now is not the brain I had when I went for Optimization. Old thought patterns are not there, are not even accessible, as far as depression and substance abuse. New thoughts and patterns have taken place. I laugh a lot; I enjoy life, I am happy to have a life. I am more energetic, I deal with problems. I have ups and downs, but I no longer have a brain mired in the dark, brownish, black sludge of depression.

    Addendum:

    I continue doing well. I wish I had had Brainwave Optimization 30 years ago. I cannot say enough good things about Robin and Carl and the experience I had with Brain Stasis. I am forever grateful to them, to my sister, and to Lee Gerdes. Brain Stasis literally saved my life and I finally am glad I have a life. One and possibly two more of my siblings are planning on having Brainwave Optimization. I know they will finally have a new lease on life, just as I have.

     

    Optimized by: Carl Roaenquiest
    Brain Stasis - St. Albans, Vermont

  • M. G. Male, 49 years old

    My life contains all the normal stressors; bills, house projects, work, spouse, child, family obligations, etc. In addition, I am also an active military reservist and an Iraqi veteran. I have been in the military since 1988, serving on both active duty and reserves. Since returning from Iraq in April 2004, I have been extremely stressed, hyper-vigilant, anxious and easily set-off to explosive anger.

    My newfound emotions left my family unhappy, friends confused and work questioning my sanity. Within the last few months, I knew I was getting closer and closer to a complete stress/anxiety induced breakdown, or explosion, its hard to say which way it would go. Work also noticed my increased level of stress and anger, scaring some and causing concern among others. My mind was in a constant cycle of thoughts coming and going, impossible to sort, categorize or control. It seemed like a hundred little men were all trying to gain my attention by shoving ideas, concepts or tasks to the front of my mind at the same time. Each little man wanted my complete focus, and as the little man gained my focus, another little man would shove him aside, restarting the cycle.

    Now, I am able to focus on each task at hand, and the hundred little men have been replaced by one little man, who only gives me one task at a time. I find I am able to focus clearly, my anger has subsided, and I haven’t verbally attacked anyone. My flashbacks and hyper-vigilance have been reduced to a manageable level. I have stopped drinking massive amounts of coffee every morning replacing it with tea. Although this may seem minor to some, I haven’t missed my morning cup of coffee in years. To stop drinking coffee, simply by choice, seemed impossible prior to Brainwave Optimization. I have also reduced or eliminated my nightly alcohol intake.

    Again, this alcohol reduction is based on my choice, not my past need to slow down the little men in my head or a desire to ward off anxiety induced insomnia. Additionally, and perhaps most important, I can focus on my wife and son while we are together. Our family time is not shared with work, Iraq, or that deep, dark place that we don’t want revealed to those we love. I truly believe Brainwave Optimization and The Warrior Transition Project have given me back my life.

  • CPT, USAF, RET

    Help with PTSD“From the initial assessment to the final session, your staff of technologists and administrative personnel showed a refreshing professionalism, punctuality, and positivism. All of this served to create a space where I felt safe letting go of some deeply held tension. The seizures in my hand reminded me of the tense moments of flying my A-10 attack jet during air refueling, weather formation flights, and sketchy surface attack and close air” support” missions throughout South Korea, Arizona, and Alaska. But, there was clearly a lot more stored tension than just that incurred through my military service. The feedback I received from the BST staff and the BSC equipment has given me clear benchmarks for opening and connecting with a space of rejuvenation, relaxation, and release. Your team at BST and this process put effective tools for “letting go” into my hands. You offered this experience to me as a veteran service-member, but I must thank you as a human being. I can’t express enough, my gratitude for your hospitality, encouragement, generosity, and attention to detail!”