- ADD/ADHD Treatment
- Addiction Treatment
- General Anxiety Treatment
- Performance Anxiety Treatment
- Social Anxiety Treatment
- Autism Spectrum Treatment
- Brain Injury / Concussions Treatment
- Chronic Pain Treatment
- Depression Treatment
- Headaches / Migraines Treatment
- Insomnia Treatment
- Learning Differences Treatment
- Memory Loss Treatment
- OCD Treatment
- Panic Attack Treatment
- PTSD Treatment
- Stress Management Treatment
The American Academy of Pediatrics has declared the best level of support (LV 1) for treatment for ADHD is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , and the next best, (LV 2) is biofeedback. To learn more click here.
At the Brain Performance Center we have developed a program that combines the two for the most effective alternative treatment, instead of medication.
If you have trouble paying attention, staying on task, poor short term memory, or act impulsively, then you may be experiencing the basic symptoms of ADD/ADHD. The frontal lobes of the brain are responsible for performing these tasks. The frontal lobe is the last part of the brain to develop, which does not occur until a person’s late twenties. This is the part of the brain linked to ADD/ADHD, this is where we concentrate, finish what we start, and make good decisions. This is the part of the brain that is involved in self-regulation.
Self-regulation is involved in your emotions, thinking, feelings, and is a function of interactions between the brain and the body. When there is an imbalance in the frontal lobes it is hard for the brain to perform the many tasks involved in our overall executive function. There is evidence that supports the use of EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback, to successfully manage the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Neurofeedback has a high clinical efficacy rating (4 out of 5) as an effective treatment for ADD/ADHD with no known side effects.
There are test techniques used to diagnose ADHD, but none look at the underlying cause of the problem. The only way to determine the root of the problem is to study how the brain functions and performs by doing a QEEG. Each brain is different, and at The Brain Performance Center, we use the QEEG and a variety of testing modules designed to produce an individualized treatment program (not involving medication or supplements) that will enable each person to reach their full potential.
The most common treatment for ADD/ADHD is a stimulant medication which can produce side effects such as, agitation, flattened mood, loss of appetite, irritability, mood swings, confusion, headaches and upset stomach. The side effects can be more extreme as explained in this New York Times article. Please click on this link.
When an experienced clinician does the neurofeedback training there are no reported side effects. There is no proven way to prevent ADD/ADHD, medication will not prevent it. Medication can be an expensive way to mask the problem. The annual cost of ADHD medication on average, for each patient, ranges from $1,572 to $17,458 according to a recent report from Drug Trend. To read more about the increasing costs, click here. In addition to the cost of medication there are doctor visits. Treatment at the Brain Performance Center represents a safer method that can improve your symptoms and provide financial savings.
If you or a family member is experiencing trouble with frontal lobe functioning please schedule a complementary consultation. If you are asking yourself, will this help me, read what Additude, a web site that offers different strategies and support for ADHD reports on neurofeedback as a treatment for ADHD.
At the Brain Performance Center we use neurofeedback with both adults and children. We see the results and how effective it is on a daily basis. There are different ways that ADD/ADHD may manifest in your life. The symptoms range from inattentiveness, hyper activity, impulsiveness, and high distract ability. Regardless, they all can impact your performance at school, on the job, and in your relationships with friends and family.
When you have to work three or four times harder than others to produce the same results it lowers your self confidence and self esteem as well as your motivation and drive to succeed. There is no reason to feel that you can not achieve what you want to. You can change the way your brain works and take your performance to the level you desire. It can occur in a matter of weeks.
The Food Drug Administration announced July 15, 2013 that it has approved the first brain wave test to be used to help diagnosis children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the EEG, which is part of the assessment at the Brain Performance Center. Click here to read about it
Call today, 817-500-4863, to learn how we can help you and learn more about treatment for ADD /ADHD.
Addiction is a brain disease, it is not a weakness. Research has supported using neurofeedback as an effective addiction treatment since the late 1970’s. Not only does neurofeedback assist with your addiction battle, it greatly increases your chances of staying clean and sober. With addiction there tends to be other symptoms such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety, all of which are improved with neurofeedback.
Drugs (including alcohol) are chemicals that change the brain, they alter its structure and how it works. Drugs tap into the brain’s communication system and interfere with the way the neurons send, receive, and process information. Some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, can activate neurons because their chemical structure mimics that of a natural neurotransmitter, but they don’t activate the neurons in the same way a natural neurotransmitter would. They send abnormal messages.
Addiction is due to genetics, environmental factors and poor coping skills. Addiction is like most major diseases, let’s compare to heart disease. Both are leading causes of death and both are partly due to genes, poor life style choices, and stress. The model below is taken from www.nida.org.
People take drugs to feel and do better. A brain wave pattern that is typical with addiction is over activation of fast waves. They feel as if they can not turn their brain off and quiet their mind. They self medicate with alcohol or other drugs as a way to calm the brain down, release the anxiety and feelings of distress. Over time. the repeated drug use becomes necessary for addicts to feel “normal” and the repeated abuse permanently rewires your brain. The good news is, you can change it.
If you think of addiction as a weakness, you will paint yourself into a corner that you can’t get out of. You will focus on being stronger and trying to control your use. If you think of addiction as a brain disease you will focus on stopping your use, and treating the disease. Call to get more information how neurofeedback can be effective addiction treatment for you.
Research supports biofeedback and neurofeedback to be a very effective, safe, treatment to reduce the symptoms of general anxiety. Many people turn to medication to manage their anxiety, but it doesn’t work for everyone. There is significant research indicating that certain parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety. The amygdala is specialized for reacting to stimuli and triggering a physiological response, a process that is described as emotion or fear. If the brain is out of balance in this area the physiological response may be out of balance as well. With neurofeedback you can change the way the brain self regulates.
If this area of the brain has an abundance of real fast beta waves the mind may respond to the world around in a chaotic state. This can result in headaches, stomach aches, shortness of breath and nausea.
All of us worry about things like health, money, or family problems. Some of us worry about many things, even when there is little or no reason to worry. If you are very anxious about just getting through the day, and think things will go badly for you with no reason or cause, then you may be experiencing general anxiety. When worry gets in the way of doing every day tasks, going to school or work, or limits your social relationships, something is wrong .
General anxiety often starts during the teen or young adult years. Symptoms may get better or worse at different times, and often worsen during stressful times. People with general anxiety disorder generally worry very much about everyday things, have an inability to relax or calm down, have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, have a hard time concentrating, have headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains.
Whether you are a child or an adult the effect of anxiety can ruin your life, devastate your friends, and family. There are things you can do to help yourself and others that may be experiencing anxiety. If you would like to learn more about helping children gain control over anxiety read The New York Times blog at this link:http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/helping-children-gain-control-over-an-anxiety-disorder/ CNN shares a touching story on what one man has done to take charge of his life again. Click here to learn more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/health/anxiety-first-person-irpt/index.html?iref=allsearch
If you are looking for a proven anxiety treatment that will manage the symptoms of your anxiety successfully, please call today, 817-500-4863, or request a complementary consultation and learn how we can help you today.
Test anxiety is actually a type of performance anxiety – a feeling someone might have in a situation where performance really counts or when the pressure’s on to do well. For example, a person might experience performance anxiety when he or she is about to audition for a play or sports team, perform in front of others, or even going into an important meeting or interview.
Research has found both biofeedback and neurofeedback are a highly effective, safe, non-invasive way to calm the neurological and physiological systems down and relieve the feelings of anxiety. With most anxiety, high beta waves, the real fast waves, are dominating and the mind is operating at an extreme pace, with fear, worry and obsessive thoughts being in control. Beta brain waves activate all systems and can demand and use large amounts of energy and physical resources, resulting in exhaustion, mentally and physically. With biofeedback and neurofeedback you teach the brain self regulation and create a more balanced state in the central and autonomous nervous system.
Like other situation in which a person might feel performance anxiety, test anxiety can bring on that feeling of “butterflies” in your stomach, or tension headaches. Some people might feel shaky, sweaty, or feel their heart beating quickly as they wait for the test to be given out. A student with really strong test anxiety may even feel like he or she might throw up or pass out.
Test anxiety is not the same as doing poorly on a certain test because your mind is on something else. Most people know that having other things on their minds – such as a break up or death in the family – can also interfere with their concentration and prevent them from doing their best on a test.
Research has found both biofeedback and neurofeedback are a highly effective, safe, non-invasive way to calm the neurological and physiological systems down and relieve the feelings of anxiety. With most anxiety, high beta waves, the real fast waves, (in the illustration) are dominating and the mind is operating at an extreme pace, with fear, worry and obsessive thoughts being in control. Beta brain waves activate all systems and can demand and use large amounts of energy and physical resources, resulting in exhaustion, mentally and physically. With biofeedback and neurofeedback you teach the brain self regulation and create a more balanced state in the brain wave patterns. Not to say you will never feel anxious again, but, how you react in the situation will change because the brain wave patterns have changed.
Social Anxiety is a strong fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing everyday things. Everyone feels anxious or embarrassed at certain times. Meeting new people, or giving a public speech can make anyone nervous. But people with social anxiety worry about these and other things for weeks before and after they happen.
People with social anxiety generally tend to; be very anxious about being with other people and have a hard time talking to them, be very self-conscious in front of other people and feel embarrassed, have a fear others will judge them, or stay away from crowded places.
Social anxiety usually starts during youth and without treatment can last for many years or a lifetime. Some turn to medication for symptom management, however, this is not the answer for everyone. Biofeedback, learning how to create balance in the autonomic nervous system, has been rated a clinical efficacy rating of 4 out of 5, as an anxiety treatment. Learning how to breathe at an optimal rate can change your heart rate and change the nervous system.
Social anxiety sometimes runs in families, but no one knows for sure why some people have it, while others don’t. Researchers have found that several parts of the brain and certain frequencies are involved in fear and anxiety. With most anxiety, high beta waves, the real fast waves, are dominating and the mind is operating at an extreme pace, with fear, worry and obsessive thoughts being in control. Beta brain waves activate all systems and can demand and use large amounts of energy and physical resources, resulting in exhaustion, mentally and physically. With biofeedback and neurofeedback you teach the brain self regulation and create a more balanced state in the brain wave patterns.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. People with autism often have underdeveloped brain structures, mainly the amygdala and the hippocampus, which is the structure involved in emotion, agression, sensory input, memory, and learning. It is hypothesized that because of the underdeveloped system, many autistic children have problems integrating sensory information, and are over or under stimulated. Research supports that neurofeedback can be used as an effective, safe, intervention to manage the different symptoms of autism. In a 2006 study pre-post analyses showed a 40 percent reduction in autistic symptoms.
“Research on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) shows that neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) can remediate anomalies in brain activation, leading to symptom reduction and functional improvement”, was reported by the Science Daily. Read the article by clicking on the following link, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080226185848.htm .
Research shows that neurofeedback is an efficacious way to treat the symptoms of a concussion. With a mild concussion you may experience a brief (less than 15 minutes) or no loss of consciousness. You may appear dazed or have a vacant stare after the injury. Testing and scans may appear normal and symptoms may not become noticeable until later. Recovery may take days or weeks, with individuals often experiencing dizziness, headaches, double vision, memory problems, irritability, and or depression.
With a moderate concussion the loss of consciousness can last a few hours and be followed by a few days or weeks of confusion. The physical, emotional and or behavioral impairments may last for months or be permanent. With a severe concussion you almost always have prolonged unconsciousness or coma that may last for days, weeks, or months.
Because the brain controls all that we do in life, an injury can lave an individual with impairments on all levels. On a cognitive level, you may experience difficulties with attention, memory, reasoning and problem solving. Physically you may have lack of coordination in arms or legs, fatigue or sleep issues. Emotionally you may be vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and or anger. Your behavior may be altered becoming more impulsive or having difficulty staying on task.
Proper management of the injury is the first step in avoiding long-term complications. Prevent serious damage by taking a preventive stance in concussion management, if you return to work or school too soon without proper attention to the injury you are increasing the likelihood of the damage being severe. Neurofeedback is the first step in an effective treatment strategy.
Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TMI) sustained in accidents or through serving in a war and exposure to concussive explosives, can also be helped with this modality.
Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months. It can range from being annoying, to embarrassing, to crippling. Chronic pain hijacks the brain and can cause the brain to reorganize the white and gray matter into a dys-regulated state. Pain is associated with the mind-body links and requires psychological and neurological assessment to determine treatment.A study at Stanford Medicine Center showed how chronic pain changed the brain circuitry in mice and affected their motivation to work for rewards. The research team posed three scenarios; 1) Was the pain so severe that the mice lost their appetite? 2) As a result of the pain did the mice not value the food as much? Or, 3) Did they simply suffer from low motivation? To read more click here.
Chronic pain treatment has always been a medical challenge. Medication is the most common source of treatment and does provide relief, but when the drugs are removed the pain returns. Medication becomes a permanent solution but can result in dependence or even addiction. Sometimes the brain adjusts to the presence of the medication and demands more and more. Pain is sensed in the brain, not in the body where it is felt. The brain translates the messages coming from the body and send a warning so that you just don’t ignore the injury. The brain determines how severely the pain is perceived and where it is coming from. Your pain level can vary from day to day, depending on how the brain decodes the signals and scales the pain to the injury. The brain recognizes pain emotionally, and feelings of fear, trauma or helplessness can intensify the experience of pain.
One way to stop the pain is to change the way the brain reacts to nerve impulses – from a dys- regulated state to a regulated state. Biofeedback is a recognized treatment modality for chronic pain.
Depression is a disorder of the brain, treating depression means treating the brain. Many areas of the brain appear to be involved in depression, including the frontal lobes and parts of the limbic system, including the cingulate gyrus.
There is substantial research evidence supporting the neurophysiological basis for depression, especially if you have a family history of depression. Neuroscientists have identified the brainwave pattern associated with the biological predisposition for developing depression. The pattern is evident when utilizing the QEEG. The QEEG, brain map, shows what areas of the brain are in a dys-regulated state.
The left frontal area of the brain is associated with positive emotions and approach motivation, which is a desire to be involved with other people. The right frontal area is associated with depression and fear, accompanied by motivation to withdraw from and avoid other people. When there is over activation of slow wave in the left frontal area this creates an imbalance and the right frontal area becomes more dominant producing fear and withdrawal from other people. If your brain has too much slow wave left frontal you will become depressed easily, withdraw from other people and may be anxious.
People who suffer from depression typically seek counseling and/or medication to treat the disorder. For many years medication has been the first line of treatment for depression. By 2008, antidepressants had become the third most common prescription drug in America. However, during the last decade, various studies have questioned the effectiveness of some of these wonder drugs, noting their modest edge over placebos. Some doctors have begun speaking out, saying they felt these drugs were over hyped and over prescribed. Read what the New York Times reports on the science and history of treatment of depression.
Alternative therapies are sorely needed. People for whom medication has not been effective suffer from this lack of effective therapies. Beyond cognitive behavioral therapy, depressed people have few options and many pursue alternative treatments such as acupuncture, spiritual activities and various relaxation techniques to find relief. Sadly, they are unaware there IS an existing treatment for depression that works, requires no medication, and can provide lasting benefits in as little as one month.
Research has shown that neurofeedback and biofeedback can be effective treatment for the parts of the brain linked to depression. At the Brain Performance Center, we offer this legitimate, proven treatment for depression which is founded in neuroscience. The plasticity of the brain allows new neural connections to be formed at any time; and we focus on retraining the brain from old, depressed patterns (measurable electrical waves) to new pathways that more closely resemble the patterns of non-depressed people. We retrain the brain to produce less slow wave brain patterns and to produce a more balanced brain.
Between medication and doctor visits, the cost of treating depression can be very expensive. Medication can include an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs, averaging at least $100 a month, or $1,200 per year. Doctor visits and/or therapy on a monthly basis is a minimum of $125 per month or $1,500. That is $2,700 per year. Treatment for depression at the Brain Performance Center not only represents a huge savings (average total treatment cost: $2,400) but offers you the very real chance of curing your symptoms completely and forever.
AM I DEPRESSED?
Depression can affect anyone. Everyone feels blue or sad but these feelings are usually short-lived and pass quickly. Depression is much more than sadness or the grief we feel when we experience any kind of loss. Depression is characterized by pervasive low mood, low self esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in activities that are normally pleasurable. Major depression is a disabling condition that adversely affects a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits. Your overall health is affected. Ninety percent of people with major depression have sleep problems. Sixty percent of the time people with depression have a history of anxiety, and fifty percent of people experience coexisting anger. Depression can impact your life in a number of ways.
Just as depression occurs in different parts of the brain, people that are depressed do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms vary as well. Signs and symptoms include: feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, irritability, fatigue and decreased energy, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, aches or pains, headaches or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment. Loss of ambition and enthusiasm, and loss of sexual desire often accompany depression. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms for two or more weeks you may want to consult a professional to help you choose what to do that best fits your situation.
Depression has many causes, and may seem to come out of nowhere. There are many factors that correlate with depression. Some types of depression tend to run in families but it can occur in people with no family history as well. Neuroscientists are studying certain genes that may make some people more prone to depression. There is a longstanding theory that suggest the neurotransmitters (chemicals that brain cells use to communicate) are out of balance in depression. The chemical synapses interact with the electrical synapses, making neurofeedback an effective treatment modality. Alcohol and drug abuse are often associated with depression, just as traumatic experiences and major life changes are.
It is important to deal with depression. Take the time to look at your life and see what is going well, what is not, and what you need to change. Think about what you do differently when you are not depressed to help you visualize a non-depressed future. The good news is, depression is not forever. You can stop feeling depressed, call us today, 817-500-4863, to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you.
A study of neurofeedback and depression treatment from Northwestern University:
A report on new treatments for depression:
“Newer interventions, such as behavioural activation,11 neurofeedback,12,13 and chronic stimulation of the subgenual cingulate region (Brodmann area 25)14 have also shown promise in recent clinical trials….” Read more at the link:
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More general information about depression:
The use of biofeedback and relaxation techniques for headache has been evaluated extensively by expert panels and meta-analyses. When the techniques are combined the reviews indicate that: (1) various forms of biofeedback are effective for migraine and tension-type headache; (2) outcomes with biofeedback rival outcomes with medication therapy; (3) combining biofeedback with medication can enhance outcomes; and (4) despite efficacy in many patients, biofeedback fails to bring significant relief to all headache patients.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches, stemming from physical and emotional stress. You can also get tension headaches from inadequate rest, intense work or other factors. Women get tension headaches more often than men, and typically headaches begin in the teen years and hit their peak in the 30’s. Tension headaches can last minutes to days and tend to get worse the longer they last. Different things can cause tension headaches, including, bad posture, skipping meals, and overexertion. Meditation, relaxation training, EMG biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapy have all been shown to help prevent recurring tension headaches.
Research supports that cortical hyper arousal of fast wave activity is found in many people with migraines and research supports neruofeedback as an effective treatment for the symptoms of a migraine. A migraine is a headache with throbbing pain that is usually on one side of the head, and may last for hours or days. The pain is severe and can interfere with daily activities and affect your quality of life. The exact cause is still unknown, but flashing lights, anxiety and stress, lack of sleep or food, hormonal changes, and certain foods are known causes with some people.
Women are three times more likely to have migraines and there is greater likelihood if you have other neurological disorders. Biofeedback and relaxation training can give you relief that is similar to that from medications. We have found neurofeedback to be an effective treatment modality as well.
Sixty million Americans are looking for help, insomnia treatment. Research over the last ten years agrees on one thing, cognitive behavioral therapy will successfully treat insomnia, not medication. Research specifically supports EMG and EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback, as an important approach in treating insomnia. There is evidence that hyper-arousal (over activation) is implicated in insomnia.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. People who have insomnia have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, they may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep. They may not feel refreshed when they wake up.
Insomnia can be acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing). Acute insomnia is common and often is brought on by situations such as stress at work, family pressures, or a traumatic event. It typically lasts for a few days and can be treated with over the counter medication.
Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer. Most cases of chronic insomnia are secondary, meaning the side effect of another problem. Certain medical conditions, medicines, sleep disorders, and substances can cause chronic insomnia.
In contrast, primary insomnia isn’t due to medical problems, medicines, or other substances. It is its own distinct disorder, and its cause isn’t well understood. Many life changes can trigger insomnia, including long-lasting stress and emotional upset.
Insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness and a lack of energy. It also can make you feel anxious, depressed, or irritable. You may have trouble focusing on tasks, paying attention, learning and remembering. These problems can prevent you from doing your best at work or school, or in relationships. Insomnia also can cause other serious problems. For example, you may feel drowsy while driving, which could lead to an accident.
Many people with insomnia also have chronic nightmares. One theory suggest that people with chronic nightmares have difficulty getting oxygen to the brain during sleep. The body, in turn, wakes itself up through these nightmares.
Treating the underlying cause of secondary insomnia may resolve or improve the sleep problem, especially if you can correct the problem soon after it starts. For example, if caffeine is causing your insomnia, stopping or limiting your intake of the substance might make the insomnia go away.
Lifestyle changes often help relieve the insomnia. For chronic insomnia, your doctor may recommend medicines or cognitive behavioral therapy. The Sleep Recovery program uses a cognitive behavioral treatment approach, wellness coaching on sleep habits , biofeedback and neurofeedback to create a restful nights sleep.
One in seven people have some kind of learning difference, according to The National Institute of Health. That means that one in seven processes information differently. Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, and George Patton had learning differences and were able to overcome and rise above these differences, with proper treatment most people can. Research shows that neurofeedback is an effective treatment for improving the way you cognitively process information.
Cognitive processing is a function of the parietal lobes. It the parietal lobes do not have enough beta waves (processing power) then they can not do their job. If you have ever tried to start a car with a dead battery then you understand how a lack of processing power feels. Very frustrating.
A learning difference does not reflect lack of motivation, but it does interfere and create a gap between your capability and your performance. Learning differences are also called learning disability. The brain gets information two ways: you see it or you hear it. If you have difficulty with visual processing (i.e. reading) or with auditory processing (i.e. following verbal instructions), then you learn differently.
Often times both children and adults will experience lower self esteem because of the difficulties they experience at school or work; they may have to work two to three times harder than others. Common learning differences include: Dyslexia, Dyscalcuila and Dysgraphia.
Learning differences can be genetic. A person who learns differently has a brain that is wired differently. Auditory processing is a function of the Temporal lobes while visual processing occurs in the Occipital lobes. If your brain is out of balance in those areas, then the brain can’t do its job properly.
Please call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs in further detail. Understanding what is creating the processing problem is the first step in solving the problem and treating the learning differences. We have found neurofeedback to be successful in treating learning differences.
Memory is a function of the entire brain. On a neuronal level, the dendrites need to be firing and synapses occurring. Neurofeedback is a proven method to increase neuronal communication in the brain. It is estimated that there are about 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses going on in the human brain. With that amount of activity connecting and linking to the right parts of the brain can be complex.
When the neural pathways are open the information is being transmitted throughout the brain. Most types of memory are stored in the cortex and different areas of the cortex specialize in different kinds of information about its associations. If linkage is occurring between the different areas then seeing a picture of your vacation can retrieve family memories from the vacation.
Some degree of memory problems, as well as a modest decline in other cognitive skills, is s a normal part of aging. However, normal aging does not lead to dramatic memory loss. Such memory loss is typically due to illness or injury, some of which are treatable. Memory loss can be temporary or permanent.
Neurofeedback treatment teaches the brain self-regulation and brings the brain back into balance. Neurofeedback is supported by scientific research and is found to be safe, effective and non invasive treatment.
There has been a good deal of research that supports OCD is the result of dysfunction in the brain. Also, research supports that through the QEEG and neuro imaging we have identified brain patterns associated with OCD. Neurofeedback is used to change the brain wave patterns, teaching the brain how to self regulate into more balanced patterns.
It is believed that if you have OCD the brain has difficulty disconnecting impulses from the brain circuit. For instance, you go to the restroom to wash your hands, and once you have adequately done so you stop washing your hands, dry them, and go back to your task. If your brain has trouble turning off thoughts about germs after you wash your hands, and you find yourself washing your hands again and again then the impulse from the brain circuit is not diminishing. This causes the repetitive behaviors called compulsions, and uncontrollable thoughts called obsessions.
Do you have the same thoughts over and over? Do you check and re-check things? Do you perform certain rituals repeatedly and feel like you have no control over what your doing? If so, you may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD can cause stress in your daily life and in your relationships.
OCD starts during childhood or teen years. Most people are diagnosed around age 19. Symptoms of OCD may come and go, or be better or worse at different times. People with OCD generally have repeated thoughts or images about different things such as fear of germs or dirt, acts of violence, or being overly tidy or safe. They can’t control the unwanted thoughts and behaviors.
OCD sometimes runs in families but not everyone will have it. Researchers have shown that several parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety that can contribute to OCD. Research has found neurofeedback to be an effective, safe, non-invasive way to treat the symptoms of OCD.
Researchers have found that several parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety. Panic attack treatment involves treating the brain, neurofeedback is proven to be successful in creating positive change in the brain.
People who experience a panic attack have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes. Sometimes symptoms or attacks may last longer. A panic attack is characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack. It may feel like having a heart attack. A Panic attack can occur at any time, and many people with panic disorder worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack.
A person with panic disorder may become discouraged and feel ashamed because he or she cannot carry out normal routines like going to the store or even driving.
People who experience a panic attack generally have: a feeling of being out of control during attacks, an intense worry about when the next attack will happen, avoidance or fear of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past, and physical symptoms during an attack. Including racing heart, sweating, breathing problems, dizziness, feeling cold or hot, numb or tingling hands, chest pain, and or stomach pain.
Panic disorder sometimes runs in families, but no one knows for sure why some people have it, while others don’t. We do know that respitory biofeedback changes the way we are breathing, which can change our heart rate, by changing our heart rate we change the automic nervous system. Neurofeedback when used as panic attack treatment can change the way the neurons are firing and put the brain into a balanced, calm state.
Trauma rewires the brain in an attempt to cope with the traumatic event. Trauma places the brain in a state of constantly being on guard and the brain gets stuck there. Even when we know the threat is no longer there, on both a conscious and subconscious level, our brain reacts before we can catch ourselves.
The traumatic event changes our brain wave patterns, just like a blow to the head would. Just as the brain was changed by the trauma it can be trained out of the negative brain wave patterns and eliminate the symptoms of PTSD with neurofeedback.
The PTSD brain reacts differently. It is out of balance. Sufferers exhibit an over activation of the autonomic nervous system which governs fear. Sensory input, memory formation and stress response mechanisms are affected in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The regions of the brain involved in memory processing that are implicated in PTSD include the hippocampus, amygdala and frontal cortex. While the heightened stress response is likely to involve the thalamus, hypothalamus and locus coleus.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people get after seeing or living through a dangerous event. Prolonged abuse, torture or natural disasters are implicated in PTSD. Research supports the use of biofeedback and neurofeedback as treatment to balance and calm down the over activation in the central nervous system, the brain.
When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.
Anyone can get PTSD at any age. If as a child you suffered abuse then there are scars that may not have healed. To read about the neurobiology of child abuse and how maltreatment at an early age can have enduring negative effects on a child’s brain development and function click here: stwh(2)
This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and many other serious events. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event. Some people get PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or is harmed. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also cause PTSD. PTSD can cause many symptoms such as: flashbacks, night terrors or bad dreams, feeling emotionally numb or depressed, and feeling tense or “on edge.”
Children and teens can have extreme reactions to trauma, but their symptoms may not be the same as adults. In young children, these symptoms can include: bed wetting, being unable to talk, or being unusually clingy with a parent or other adult. Older children and teens usually show symptoms more like those seen in adults. They may also develop disruptive, disrespectful, or destructive behaviors. Older children and teens may feel guilty for not preventing injury or death.
But there is hope. We have successfully treated PTSD at the Brain Performance Center by retraining the brain with neurofeedback. The brain makes new neural connections throughout your life. Our treatment encourages the growth of new pathways that allow you to regain control over reflexive fear and terror and start a new life. Contact us today to learn more.
There is good stress, studying hard for an exam, and there is bad stress. Bad stress is that which never stops. We know that chronic stress affects the brain. When over stressed the brain produces cortisol, the stress hormone, and puts the brain in a constant fight or flight pattern. And, cortisol affects the white matter, the connectivity of the brain. Neurofeedback is a treatment that can be used to improve overall connectivity in the brain.
When you are experiencing stress on a chronic level this triggers long-term changes in brain structure and functionality that can lead to depression and other issues. We know that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects the gray matter and the white matter, as well as the size and connectivity of the amygdala. The studies might help explain why young people who have chronic stress early in life might have anxiety, mood disorders, and learning differences as adults.
The gray matter of the brain is densely packed with nerve cell bodies and is responsible for the brain’s higher functions, like thinking, computing, and decision making. The white matter is comprised of axons that create a network of fibers that interconnect neurons and create a communication network between brain regions. White matter plays a role in mental conditions like schizophrenia, autism, depression, ADHD and PTSD.
A recent study by the University of California, Berkley, underscores the importance of managing chronic stress and taking care of your brain to avoid mental conditions. Dr. Daniela Kaufer, UC Berkeley, who holds the associate professor of integrative biology, discovered that chronic stress and elevated levels of cortisol can generate more overproduction of myelin-producing cell and fewer neurons than normal. Kaufer published her report in February, 2014, in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, concluding that acute prolonged chronic stress can cause serious problems for the brain.
Your brain is constantly undergoing changes and seeking balance to be in a self regulated state. Stress shrinks brain networks, makes it really hard for brain optimization. LORETA Z score neurofeedback, trains the brain networks, creating neural plasticity and connectivity.
Call today, 817-500-4863, and schedule a consultation to learn how you can manage you stress in a positive way and improve your overall brain functioning.