Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback in which a person learns to consciously self-regulate their own brain waves (from an EEG, or electroencephalogram) in order to normalize or optimize their cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning. EEG-based Neurofeedback utilizes EEG data in real time to retrain the brain in more optimal functioning. This can be to improve symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders or even to optimizehealthy functioning.

During Neurofeedback treatment, the patient’s has several sensors on their scalp, which show them their own deregulated brainwave activity in the form of a video image or sound. Such images range from a simple meter showing the specific frequency range that is a target of change, to blurring or sharpening of the image of a TV program or movie, to simple video games such as flying eagles through hoops. For example, the screen may at first represent an eagle flying randomly through a sky and landscape graphic, but when the individual successfully changes their brain activity through meditative and other techniques, the eagle veers toward, then flies through, a suspended circle on the screen. When this occurs, there is a burst of celebratory stars and a rewarding sound.

Neurofeedback has been demonstrated in multiple studies to be an effective treatment for a range of neuropsychiatric conditions. One example is a “meta-analysis” (an analysis of multiple studies) of research on Neurofeedback for Major Depressive Disorder, which showed that most source studies found significant improvements in symptoms of depression with Neurofeedback training. In one study, Neurofeedback was associated specifically with a significant reduction in depressive and anxious symptoms in persons with Major Depressive Disorder.

Neurofeedback has been used with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) since its earliest days. A review of Neurofeedback in the treatment of ADHD also demonstrated that most studies attest to its efficacy. A study of outcome effectiveness with Autism Spectrum Disorder also yielded positive results.

NF not only is an evidence-based treatment that can aid with reducing deregulation in multiple neural networks, and associated with symptomatic and functional improvements, but also for many patients is actually enjoyable. This is something that can very rarely be said about any medical or neuropsychiatric treatment. The fact that people tend to be more consistent in attending NF treatments increases the likelihood of success.

Find out if you’re a good candidate for Neurofeedback by calling Synchrony Brain Health today at 866-364-2300.

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