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Neurofeedback News and Research August 2019

Study: Neurofeedback shown to Reduce Anxiety

anxiety and neurofeedbackAnxiety disorders, including panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and separation anxiety disorder, are the most prevalent mental disorders. Anxiety disorders follow a chronic course; however, there is a natural decrease in prevalence rates with older age. Anxiety disorders are highly comorbid with other anxiety disorders and other mental disorders.

The way Western medicine has treated anxiety in the past has been somewhat problematic- the class of drug most often used is tranquilizers which are a temporary solution at best, and can actually cause anxiety as they wear off. It is also well known that these drugs can also cause dependency, making them controlled substances that come with a no driving or operating heavy machinery warning.

It’s clear we need a new treatment model moving forward if we hope to gain any ground with a disease that affects so many people in the modern world.

Neurofeedback Enhances Performing Arts Ability

neurofeedback for musical performanceNeurofeedback has through many studies been shown to be an effective enhancement to sports performance. There are as many other applications to performance as there are human activities. Recently the application of neurofeedback to the performing arts has been a topic of interest and some promising studies.

Neurofeedback benefits those in the performing arts with improvement in creativity,  reduced performance anxiety, and better focus.  Neurofeedback training teaches your body to relax and be present in the moment, qualities highly valued by performing artists.

Neurofeedback News and Research March 2019

As the word gradually gets out about this amazing therapy, neurofeedback is increasingly the subject of new and larger scientific studies. We can only hope this powerful therapy will become more widely adopted by conventional medicine, allowing more patients to make improvements in a wide variety of neurological as well as mental health disorders.

This month there are two important new developments- a study on performance enhancement, and one that deals with emotional processing.

Neurofeedback Reduces Stress, Enhances Performance under Difficult Conditions

neurofeedback and performanceWhen the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science publishes a study, the world sits up and takes notice.

The current SEAS faculty include 27 members of the National Academy of Engineering and one Nobel Laureate in a faculty size of 173. In all, the faculty and alumni of Columbia Engineering have won 10 Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, and economics.

This recent study on the effects of neurofeedback was entitled “Regulation of arousal via online neurofeedback improves human performance in a demanding sensory-motor task”. The study was based on the idea that humans make better decisions and perform better at demanding sensory motor tasks when they have control over the arousal state of their sympathetic nervous system.

The Latest Advances in the Field of Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback, an alternative therapy that involves measuring and then stimulating brain waves until they reach a specific frequency, is a rapidly evolving field. Every month new developments are coming to light, as neurofeedback moves closer to the mainstream. Through research studies and clinical reviews, we are seeing more scientific proof that neurofeedback is effective in treating many different brain- based disorders.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

qEEG brain scanNeurofeedback starts with a brain map. Using a qEEG, a  neuroimaging technique also known as quantitative electroencephalogram, a neurofeedback specialist compares the frequencies of different areas of a patient’s brain with the known normal ranges. Then a treatment protocol is created designed to raise or lower the aberrant frequencies to within normal ranges.

Treatment is then administered, in the specialist’s office or at home. This involves an electronic interface consisting of a qEEG headband to measure the trained frequencies in real time, and a feedback device, usually a tablet. The patient plays a special type of video game, controlled only by brain activity!

NEW BOOK: Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child’s Learning, Behavior or Attention

Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child's Learning, Behavior or Attention Paperback – February 16, 2017 by Marijke Jones (Author), Robin E. McEvoy PhD (Author), Kim Gangwish (Author)Recently our own Dr. Steve Rondeau published a chapter in an exciting new book by primary authors Marijke Jones , Robin E. McEvoy PhD , and Kim Gangwish, entitled “Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child’s Learning, Behavior or Attention” and published in February of 2017.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon.com, or have a look at a few chapters before you decide with their “look inside” function”.

Here is the author’s introduction to the book:

 

Why You NEED a qEEG if Considering Psychiatric Medications

Dr. Steven Rondeau, BCIA-EEG

Are you or someone you know currently taking or even thinking about taking psychiatric medications? If so then you definitely need to read this!

qEEG to determine psychiatric medicationsDid you know that currently there are no good lab tests that your doctor can use to know what psychiatric medications may work for you? Occasionally, there may be a questionnaire to fill out that may help narrow your diagnosis, however it doesn’t tell us anything about what your unique brain patterns would look like and how you might respond to treatment. For one person what may look like ADHD on paper may present like anxiety to someone else. You then take your anxiety medication and guess what… your symptoms worsen!

This can be even more complex when one person has multiple diagnoses. Statistically speaking, the more providers you see the more likely you are to end up with more than one label. For example, depression is often accompanied by anxiety. However in a qEEG, or brain map, they look completely opposite. Which means even if a medication helps one set of symptoms, its likely going to aggravate the other.

Neurofeedback Training at Home

Neurofeedback can be a long process that involves travel to a practitioner’s office a few times a week to get your treatment. You may not be convenient to our location in Fort Collins- in certain cases you may not need to leave the comfort of your own space. Did you know brain training can be done at home using your computer?

EEG headset and Iphone app- Neurofeedback Training at HomeAt Synergy Neurofeedback, we use a cutting edge neurofeedback system that allows you to do your brain training at home with your own computer or tablet and a special set of EEG headphones, designed to both receive biofeedback and provide stimulus for the patient.

At- home neurofeedback training can help with the symptoms of many disorders, including ADD, depression, anxiety, or just used to improve the overall performance of your brain.

Treating Anxiety and Panic Disorders with Neurofeedback

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/garyjwood/

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/garyjwood/

Anxiety disorders are a major public health problem in today’s world. From the CDC:

Anxiety disorders, which include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and separation anxiety disorder, are the most common class of mental disorders present in the general population.1

One study estimated the annual cost of anxiety disorders in the United States to be approximately $42.3 billion in the 1990s, a majority of which was due to non-psychiatric medical treatment costs. This estimate focused on short-term effects and did not include the effect of outcomes such as the increased risk of other disorders.2