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Common Applications for Neurofeedback

Anxiety

http://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-info/anxptsdsleep.cfm

  • Anxiety is often related to a stress response, depression, trauma, or genetic predisposition. Often certain areas of the brain are running too fast.
  • Medications used to treat anxiety were designed for short term use, can become habit forming, and interfere with deep sleep cycles. There are simple solutions for learning to reduce stress responses, general anxiety, and panic attacks, through biofeedback and neurofeedback. 
  • Training the brain to remain calm and regulate itself can have long term benefits that are empowering after suffering with anxiety for any length of time.

Depression

http://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-info/depression.cfm

  • Symptoms of depression can be related to certain areas of the brain running too slow, or not communicating well across hemispheres.
  • Examples of how this can occur include genetics, chronic stress, or from physiological trauma.
  • By using neurofeedback, the brain can learn to “speed up”, or to regulate imbalances when both sides of the brain require stronger communication, thereby reducing depressive symptoms.

Addiction

http://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-info/addiction1.cfm

  • In simple terms we can think of addiction as the overuse of the survival mechanism that has been sensitized because of life events, loss of connection to self and others, and genetic predisposition.
  • Long term use of addictive substances can change brain function and produce symptoms of poor impulse control, anxiety, depression, and spiritual disconnection.
  • BrainPaint® uses protocols from the UCLA study that showed a 77% recovery rate for neurofeedback trainees as compared to a 44% recovery rate in the control group one year after treatment.

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

http://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-info/cog.cfm

  • Neurofeedback for ADHD improves focus, attention, motivation, school & work performance.
  • Multiple studies have found neurofeedback to be effective in correcting symptoms of ADD/ADHD with about 50% of neurofeedback trainees being able to stop taking medications.
  • Neurofeedback is now rated as a Level 1 Best Practice for children with ADD/ADHD by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

http://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-info/injury-stroke.cfm

  • Traumatic brain injury can be a result of physical trauma or neurological conditions such as an aneurism, encephalopathy, or stroke. A simple concussion can result in significant changes.
  • The brain is very resilient and can be strengthened, creating neural regeneration and forming new neural pathways helping the brain to recover from injury.
  • Symptoms from head injuries are often overlooked or attributed to other conditions. Each injury is different from the next. Because training is individualized, each person is evaluated and symptoms are carefully targeted for improvement.

Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD)

http://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-info/anxptsdsleep.cfm

  • PSTD is a response to a highly stressful situation, where the body cannot leave the “fight, flight or freeze” state.
  • By teaching the brain to relax, the parasympathetic nervous system response is reduced and the sympathetic nervous system can once again take control.
  • Alpha/Theta Neurofeedback helps to reduce anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, and other symptoms associated with PTSD by reducing the stress response.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

http://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-info/schizophrenia-ocd-parkinsons.cfm

  • ASD is linked to overarousal (brainwaves running too fast) in some areas of brain and underarousal (brainwaves running too slow) in other areas of the brain.
  • A research study on ASD resulted in up to a 40% reduction in ASD symptoms.
  • Clinical experience with children who have ASD has shown significant increase in connection with family members by children with ASD.

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