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ERIC Number: EJ1073111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1037-2911
Effects of RSA Feedback on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptomatology
Fourie, Phillip
Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v16 n2 p249-255 Dec 2006
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the anxiety disorders with particularly debilitating effects due to flashbacks and hypervigilance in daily life. Treatments commonly focus upon either pharmacological or psychotherapeutic modalities, but there is often a need to merge both of these approaches to deal effectively with the somatic, as well as the psychological, symptoms of PTSD in particular clients. This case study reports the application of a combined approach, using both client-centred counselling plus biofeedback of respiratory sinus arrhythmia to train the client to control his exaggerated sympathetic nervous system responses. Results indicated that both physiological and psychological measures of PTSD in this client significantly reduced during the seven treatment sessions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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