08.1 Remission and improvement of multiple sclerosis symptoms with the use of Brainspotting
Elza Bourne, Private Practice, Brazil
A 48 year old female patient with Multiple Sclerosis, with the first crisis at 22 years. When she started treatment, she was experiencing severe pain in her body, becoming incapacitated for work for many times. I started treatment with Brainspotting to treat her water panic and other recurring fears with great results. After some time she told me that she had sclerosis and suffered a lot of pain in the body, she had breathing problems due to pulmonary fibrosis, caused by sclerosis. I had been dealing with the problem since 1998 with the UNICAMP staff team, specialized in this kind of disease, using medication. Her problems were very difficult, in winter she suffered from telangiectasia, a sore on Her fingertips. With the use of Brainspotting, the pain disappeared, and there was a stabilization of the pulmonary fibrosis; and the staff told her that they didn’t, know what she had done, but she improved a lot, so they stopped the medication azathioprin she used since 2006, something they’ve been trying for years because of the dangerous side effects. Last winter was the first one that had no sore fingertips. The patient is very well to everyone’s surprise, has returned to work as a psychologist.
Cacilda da Costa, Associação Brasileira de Brainspotting, Private Practice, Brazil
Sleep disorders affect many people and may be associated with psychological or organic factors. To treat the sleep disorder Brainspotting was chosen. The objective was to analyze its utility in the treatment of a young patient, with multiple sclerosis and initial complaint of sleep disorder. The following were used: Anamnesis, Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Clinician Administered PSTD Scale CAPS, Revised Event Impact Scale. The analysis of the results made it possible to identify that the patient, who presented as multiple sclerosis diagnosis, suffered from severe trauma, related to a grandparent’s death, moderate to severe anxiety; mild degree of depression and intrusive memories related to the past, anxiety about her own death and her daughter’s. After the application of Brainspotting, there was a decrease in anxiety and improvement in sleep quality, as evidenced by the reapplication of the instruments. It can be concluded that BSP can be used as a support in clinical therapy, since it allows the patient to engage in the process of changing and improvement of sleep quality, with positive repercussions on the quality of life.
Ubton Nascimento, Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Departamento de Psicologia, Brazil
Margarida Couto, Instituto Superior Miguel Torga, Faculdade de Educação da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal; Ana Galhardo, Instituto Superior Miguel Torga, Faculdade de Educação da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Objective: To test the use of Brainspotting and its procedures with a blind patient, which presents high levels of anxiety and compulsive behaviors related to feeding. Methodology: Application of BSP methodology with adaptation (location of brainspot, steps, techniques, setting, materials). Results and discussion: There is a good response and adherence to Brainspotting by the patient (decreased anxiety, increased sense of well-being). The results suggest the possibility of using Brainspotting in blind patients as long as adequate adaptations are assured; insight and information processing occur in the same way as patients without visual impairment. The present work constitutes an innovative and promising contribution for the future study and application of Brainspotting with blind and partially sighted subjects.