Electroencephalogram (EEG) tests have long been used to detect damage to the brain after car accidents, personal injuries, and more. Did you know that these tests are also useful for evaluating and addressing psychological issues, such as trauma, depression, and anxiety? This can pave the way for trauma therapy. Let’s explore why EEG tests are so widely used in the mental health field.
Understanding EEG Tests
An EEG test measures electrical impulses, or brainwaves, within the brain. Via these electrical impulses, neurons can communicate with one another. Often, issues with the brain can be uncovered by examining these brainwaves. For example, if someone suffers a traumatic injury or a tumor is growing in the brain, these conditions can affect the brainwaves.
It may also be possible to find objective, physically measurable evidence of depression, anxiety, and other medical conditions. EEGs are also useful for identifying other cognitive issues like memory loss. Further, it may detect hormonal issues. Some of these various conditions may contribute to depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions.
If doctors and other medical practitioners can develop a better understanding of a patient’s brain and how their mind works, they may be able to more effectively treat various conditions via trauma therapy. In addition, EEG tests may allow practitioners to track the impact of medications and other treatment methods.
The Effects of Trauma on the Brain
First, the brain may be exposed to both physical trauma, like a car accident, and also emotional trauma. If someone has been the victim of a major crime, they may experience lasting emotional trauma, for example. Likewise, physical trauma may contribute to anxiety, stress, and other issues like sleep disorders. This is crucial because a lack of adequate, fully restful night’s sleep may affect your mood.
EEG tests can also detect rapid changes in emotional states; this may indicate potential brain disorders and trauma. Especially after major disruptions, many patients will be prone to fluctuating emotions. By measuring rapid changes, doctors may develop a better understanding of the patient’s current emotional state. Add it all up, and EEG tests can be quite useful when addressing identifying trauma and other mental health problems.
If you’re suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, you’re not alone. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, PTSD affects roughly 7.7 million adults, which equates to about 3.6% of the U.S. population. Contact our team at Trauma Healing NW if you’re interested in trauma therapy. Not only can we set up an EEG test but we can also provide effective treatment options.