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Neurofeedback (NFB) is a learning process - the brain learns what it needs to do to complete a task. The more training an individual has using NFB, the more easily a child or adult can perfect the skill of producing a certain rhythmic state in the brain. Our brains want to function optimally and the brain will "accept the challenge" to do so.
When brainwave patterns begin to normalize (using a NFB system) then a cluster of symptoms will improve. For example, a youngster with ADHD will have improved concentration, but also decreased impulsivity and hyperactivity, improved compliance with limits, elimination of aggressive outbursts with peers, improved sleep with elimination of nightmares, and resolution of involuntary muscle movements (tics).
Brainwave training involves a learning process. Just as our brains can learn to move fingers effortlessly across piano keys or a keyboard, an individual can learn to self-regulate, reduce anxiety and moodiness, and improve concentration using real-time EEG feedback in targeted areas of the brain identified by the qEEG (brain map) as dysfunctional. Neurofeedback helps the brain’s ability to function as it was intended to function, and it helps reestablish the injured brain’s innate abilities. The brain receives the challenge to correct itself, and meets that challenge.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention Deficit Disorders
Anxiety Disorders including PTSD, OCD, and GAD
If you want to limit the amount of prescription medication you're putting into your body, you may be interested to know that patients who have participated in neurofeedback treatments were able to see results without using medication. This is a great option for parents, in particular, who might be reluctant to medicate their children at very young ages.
"As a child therapist I have often felt helpless trying to teach a child or adolescent (or even an adult) to learn to “self-regulate.” It is difficult to learn to control or eliminate troublesome symptoms. The unhealthy brain may be under-stimulated and lethargic or over-aroused and anxious. The disordered brain does not have the pliability of a healthy brain, but neurofeedback makes the brain more flexible. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be helpful, but the implications for neurofeedback have tremendous potential. Using neurofeedback followed by cognitive-behavioral therapy could exponentially improve health and wholeness. Training the brain to correct its dysregulated state has a positive effect on not only neurological functioning, but reportedly also cardiovascular functioning, gastrointestinal functioning, even improving the effectiveness of the immune and endocrine systems – neurofeedback helps the body heal itself! How can we not pursue the use of neurofeedback when people are giving up on life and feel they have no hope with the treatment modalities currently available?”
Susan Bindewald, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist