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Experimental Brain Therapy Helping SEALS With PTSD

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By    |   Monday, 21 January 2019 05:42 PM

Navy SEALS are being successfully treated for post-traumatic stress disorder with the direct application of electrical stimulation to the brain, an experimental therapy being conducted at the Brain Treatment Center in San Diego, California, Defense One reports.

Six special-ops veterans, including five former Navy SEALS, have been treated with Magnetic EEG/ECG-guided Resonant Therapy, or MeRT, at the Brain Treatment Center, operated by Dr. Erik Won, president and CEO of the Newport Brain Research Laboratory where the center is located.  

One man, Tony, sought relief for explosive bursts of anger and loss of memory. Another, Bill, sought help for his debilitating headaches. Ted was looking to improve his natural physical state and performance. Jim had concentration issues, memory problems and low affect. Cathy suffered from memory problems, depression, anger, bouts of confusion and horrible migraines. All had sleep issues.

Each veteran saw improvements following a months-long treatment of five-day-a-week therapy.

The therapy involves an evaluation, including analyzing EEG and EKG data to ascertain brain pattern, data analysis by a scientific team to develop a customized treatment plan, delivery of treatment and evaluation of the progress about a week after the initial treatment. During therapy, which lasts about 45 minutes, a technician places an electromagnetic coil over targeted areas of the scalp and emits magnetic pulses at specific frequencies through the coil that stimulate brain tissue and encourage healthy brain communication.

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