The study of neurofeedback and related therapies has developed over the last 30 years. During that time a great deal of research has tested the usefulness of neurofeedback for many different conditions.
Neurofeedback has been shown to be effective in treating a number of conditions commonly seen in clinical settings, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Different sleep & eating disorders
- Helping with some developmental disorders
Many other studies are ongoing that test the effectiveness of neurofeedback treatments and therapies. The non-invasive (no surgery, no pills) aspect of neurofeedback therapy appeals to many people.
Where Has Neurofeedback Therapy Been Used Successfully?
- ADHD: Studies have shown improvements in impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity, which can lead to much more successful learning and school performance. Several controlled studies noted increases of almost 10 points in IQ score for a representative group of children with ADHD.
- PTSD: Individuals notice a decrease in their anxiety symptoms and an improvement in their sense of relaxation and relationships. A recent study noted that neurofeedback results in changes in the brains of PTSD patients that correlates with their increased sense of calmness.
- Anxiety: Individuals are more able to control/regulate their emotions and can see a reduction in the frequency and severity of panic attacks.
Many doctors don’t recommend neurofeedback therapy and treatment, as they don’t know much about it. If you are curious, as your doctor if they know anything about it and if they think it may supplement other treatments to help any of your issues.
Neurofeedback & Your Brain
Conditions that respond best to neurofeedback seem to be related to the brain always being in certain brainwave patterns. Human brains can learn by making normal transitions between brainwave states. Actively changing brain states is more helpful than being stuck in one state. Gradually brains can learn to regulate themselves.
To learn any skill we first need to think about each part of the process individually. Over time, however, these skills became automatic as one giant process because our brain had learned them. Over time and with consistent training, your brain will learn how to achieve desired brain waves, and this new skill will transfer into your daily life.
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Neurofeedback Therapy at NHA
Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback treatments. Neurofeedback may be helpful for treating ADHD symptoms, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication. The easy, noninvasive treatments can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life. Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth today and find out how we can help you.