Since anti depressants do not help with triggers and panic attacks associated with CPTSD, my therapist recommended a tool from a company called HeartMath. “It is based on Heart Rate Variability: An Indicator of Self-Regulatory Capacity, Autonomic Function and Health.”
The product I am using is: Inner Balance Bluetooth Sensor For iPhone and Android, Item #: 6450. The following is a link to the product:
http://store.heartmath.com/innerbalance (scroll halfway down the page for pricing)
Once you buy the product, you download the Inner Balance app and it connects to your smartphone through bluetooth. You place a comfortable clip on your ear lobe and practice breathing at the indicated pace while thinking of a pleasant memory. It is simple to use and gives you feedback in real time.
While this product is good for those with PTSD, it is also helpful to others interested in their health and fitness:
From their website:
“Autonomic imbalances have been implicated in a wide variety of pathologies, including depression, fatigue, premenstrual syndrome, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, coronary heart disease and environmental sensitivity. Stress and emotional states have been shown to dramatically affect autonomic function. Self-regulation techniques, which enable individuals to gain greater control of their mental and emotional stress and improve their autonomic functioning, can significantly affect a wide variety of disorders in which autonomic imbalance plays a role. The AAR (Autonomic Assessment Report) analysis is highly useful for the quantitative demonstration of the effects of HeartMath interventions in restoring healthy autonomic function in many patients who have been able to significantly improve their symptomatology and psychological well-being through practice of these techniques.”
The company also provides a noninvasive diagnostic tool for health care professionals as well:
“The Autonomic Assessment Report, (AAR), developed by the HeartMath Research Center, provides physicians, researchers and mental health-care professionals with a diagnostic tool to detect abnormalities and imbalances in the autonomic nervous system and predict those at increased risk of developing various pathologies often before symptoms become manifest. The HeartMath Research Center provides this analysis service to physicians and medical institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad.”
The following two links are articles that help to explain the product for individuals and health care professionals:
This has very much opened up my eyes to how much our thoughts impact our physical body.
I hope this is helpful!