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Brain Wave Optimization
Angelia Sheer had a difficult beginning.
"My whole first part of my life I outsmarted a killer," said Angelia Sheer.
Her father is George Giffe. If that sounds familiar, it should. He's the mastermind behind America's first deadly hijacking in 1971.
"He went and kidnapped my step mother and he convinced them that he was a psychiatrist and she was a mental patient taking her for treatment while she's screaming and yelling and begging not to take her, he convinced them that's how good he was," she said. "He took them and they landed in Jacksonville."
He had the pilot land in Jacksonville to refuel, but when the FBI wouldn't cooperate, Giffe shot the pilot, his estranged wife and himself.
Twelve at the time Sheer hid and never got on the plane.
"So many of us have suffered things that were not our fault," said Sheer.
Now sheer is dealing with something else, PTSD.
"Insomnia, pain, nightmares, anxiety," said Sheer.
"I'm just putting the ground sensor on," said Polly Nelson, the owner of Nashville Neuro Training.
This is what's helping her heal. It's called brain wave optimization therapy. Brain waves are measured with sensors and the sound is played back through ear buds.
Think of it as your brain hearing itself in a mirror. When it recognizes flawed signals, it autocorrects.
"We know trauma causes brain wave activity to get stuck in patterns that cause a person to get stuck in behavior or thinking or feeling that make it hard for that person to be healthy and happy," said Nelson.
Experts say Sheer had a significant imbalance, but she's getting better.
"I'm starting to have feelings I didn't have before and that's huge for a lot of us," said Sheer.
She hopes others will too.
A lot of veterans report mental benefits from the therapy. As do professional and student athletes who've had concussions.
It's now being studied to check the benefits for insomniacs. So far, it's testing well.
By Ericka Miller