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Neurofeedback Therapy

September 9, 2015

Neurofeedback therapy is a new therapy, also called Neurobiofeedback and Neurotherapy. It uses a specific type of biofeedback and real time brain activity displays to teach an individual to self-regulate their brain function. Typically, an EEG is used to monitor the brain activity. Neurofeedback therapy is scientifically proven to increase a patient’s control over their reaction to stress, when a trained psychotherapist is on hand to assist and monitor. This type of therapy may also be referred to as an EEG Biofeedback, because of the methods used.

This therapy can be highly effective, but it does not produce instant results or work overnight. It is a gradual therapeutic process that takes time and requires focus. When it is learned successfully, there is usually no need for additional therapy types or medications. The individual will gradually learn to regulate their brainwave patterns without professional assistance. The therapy is non-invasive; there are no risky or unpleasant side effects, and it can be very effective in treating many different types of mental disorders. Neurofeedback therapy has also aided in patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and even physical issues such as Seizures and Cerebral Palsy.

Military members and veterans who are suffering from PTSD and many other health disorders can benefit from this therapy when they are able to put in the time and effort required to learn how to effectively use this treatment. A typical session of treatment will include guidance from a trained professional, and electrodes that are applied to the scalp of the patient. The therapist and patient will then “listen” to the brain wave patterns recorded in real time, and these patterns are used as a form of video game to teach the patient how their thoughts and feelings are recorded as brain wave patterns. Through consistent therapy, the brain waves of the patient will be guided and shaped into desirable patterns. The frequency of these desirable patterns, can ultimately become habitually controlled by the patient.

It can take 15-35 sessions before results may be achieved, and roughly 20% of patients may not see a therapeutic benefit with this treatment. However, there is an 80% chance of benefitting from this technique, and that is an optimistic outcome.

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