The purpose of the study is to examine the effects of EEG neurofeedback training (NFT)
and computerized cognitive retraining (CR) on quality of life, perceived control,
and psychological well-being in patients diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and/or related diagnoses (e.g., anxiety
disorder, cognitive disorder). The pre- and post-treatment self-report questionnaire
data of 29 active duty service members was examined. Participants completed 20 hours
of NFT, CR, or a combination of the two modalities; specific training goals were individualized
and based on the major problem areas identified by their referring provider. A series
of Wilcoxon matched pairs tests were computed to compare questionnaire scores pre-
and post-intervention. Results indicated a statistically significant increase in scores
on measures assessing positive affect, satisfaction with life, and quality of life
in the physical, psychological, and environmental domains. Scores were significantly
reduced on measures of negative affect and negative perceived control. There was no
change in quality of life in the social domain or in positive perceived control. This
was a pilot study to determine the feasibility of a full study, and it is recognized
that interpretation of the results is limited. Nonetheless, the current results suggest
that adjunctive neuropsychological therapies, such as NFT and CR, may contribute to
improved quality of life, perceived control and psychological well-being in active
duty service members with the aforementioned diagnoses. Future research should include
a control group, a more standardized treatment process, and a more homogeneous sample.
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