As a family practitioner in the 1980s and 1990s, I would frequently encounter patients with symptoms that I could not explain or otherwise account for. I would spend a lot of time trying to help them feel better, but often all I could do was to be a patient and supportive listener. It was frustrating to realize that someone who I truly wanted to help had a brain that was wounded in ways that were difficult, if not impossible, to heal.
As the following article points out, the profound effect that childhood adversity and stress can have on brain and physical health is now well recognized. I am delighted that I now have a wonderful tool, neurofeedback, for helping many who have suffered through adversity.