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ADHD

Using Neurofeedback to Improve ADHD in School-Aged Children

One in every ten children in the United States has been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and this number has increased. While some experts believe the number of diagnosis is more than is merited, children with ADHD can experience negative outcomes in their lives especially in the realm of performing poorly academically. The predominant treatment of ADHD involves medications, but now there is research to demonstrate this may not be the only line of treatment. ADHD medication reduces the symptoms of the disorder, but does not correct for the underlying causes of their behaviors. With the symptoms of ADHD related …

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A Case for Group Therapy?

Although many clients feel as though their compromised emotional states are completely unique, similarities do exist. Often, clients feel ashamed of their inner turmoil and seek out individual therapy to work on a one-on-one basis and minimize the likelihood other swill know how much they genuinely struggle. Individual therapy has significant benefits and is appropriate for almost all forms of mental health treatment, however, group therapy can offer an unmatched and unique form of healing, as individuals can understand they are truly not alone in their suffering. Group therapy utilizes the power of healing through relationships in the present moment. …

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Meet Your New Coach and Counselor, Mr. Ed!

Although it is common knowledge that pets such as cats and dogs can provide support and companionship to humans and even increase physical and emotional wellbeing, a new technique is having a remarkable impact on emotional development and team building. Equine Assisted Learning and Growth (“EALG”) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (“EAP”) are techniques that utilize horses as an important tool in the coaching and therapeutic processes. When discussing this particular methodology with patients, friends, and family, two questions inevitably arise. First, does the person ride the horse? And second, is the individual conversing with the horse? Surprisingly, there is no …

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Neurofeedback for Disorders Associated with Criminal Offending

Neurofeedback training has been successfully used in the treatment of a variety of disorders. Existing research has identified EEG frequency deviances in disorders that are associated with criminal offending, such as the following. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most well researched disorders that has been treated by neurofeedback training, and also demonstrates some relationship to criminal activity considering its associations with inattention, impulsivity, and lacking inhibitory control. In EEG-based literature, ADHD appears to concern an excess of slow frequencies like delta and theta, as well as reduced beta waves and sensori motor rhythm (SMR). About 60% of …

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Neurofeedback is the best available front-line treatment for ADHD: What is the evidence for this claim?

The primary characteristic of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is impaired executive functioning and attentional processes. These impairments involve difficulty in self-regulation which is often seen as attentional difficulties, impulsive behaviors, and hyperactivity. Furthermore, these impairments typically cause difficulty in school, social, and home settings, particularly in the organizational skills required to function efficiently in daily life. ADHD is the most common diagnosis given to school-age children in the United States, occurring in about 11% of children, and occurring more frequently in boys than girls. Medication, behavior therapy (e.g. neurofeedback training), or a combination of the two, are the most typical …

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Neurofeedback: A noninvasive treatment for symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans

One in five veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan experience symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Traditional treatments for PTSD include pharmacotherapy with medications and talk therapy, but both are limited. Pharmacotherapy addresses the symptoms of PTSD but produces side effects and does not address the underlying cause of the symptoms. Talk therapy for PTSD often focuses on recalling and re-experiencing traumatic events in an effort to relieve the ongoing symptoms. This recall of traumatic events activates the brain’s limbic system, creating a strong emotional reaction. This reaction can be counter-therapeutic and potentially impair left frontal lobe functioning, impairing self …

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Neurofeedback and ADHD in children/adolescents

In a new pilot study, researchers conducted a structured electroencephalography-based neurofeedback training program to study its effects on a group of children and adolescents with ADHD. In the 20-week program, the 24 participants began with frequent sessions of neurofeedback (every weekday) that tapered to twice a week later in the program. Auditive reaction times were measured before and after the study, and again 6 months after the study. Researchers found small but measurable improvements in reaction time and overall performance that lasted even months later. While the small size of the group studied demonstrates the need for further research, the …

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Chris Kaman Misdiagnosed with ADHD as a Child

Looking for a way to play better on the court, Clippers’ center Chris Kaman turned to Dr. Tim Royer for neurofeedback therapy. Diagnosed with ADHD as a child, he learned that he was actually suffering from what Dr. Royer referred to as an “anxious brain.” By using neurofeedback techniques, Kaman has learned to improve his focus and better control his impulses. While he admits he was skeptical of the therapy at first, he credits the therapy for both boosting his concentration and performance both on and off the court. Click here to read more. (Title image via www.freedigitalphotos.net.)  

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Neurofeedback Studied as Treatment for ADD and Learning Disabilities in Children

ADD and learning disorders are two of the most widespread mental health concerns associated with childhood. There may be a biological and/or hereditary basis for these disorders, and dealing with them can affect children in substantial ways, from how well they perform at school to how well they interact with friends and loved ones. Neurofeedback is emerging as an effective method for improving attention, behavior and cognitive function in children coping with ADD. Several researchers have reported increased IQ scores, better grades and improved performance on academic tests. While more research is needed, EEG biofeedback appears to be a beneficial …

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Neurofeedback for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This study by Dr. Corydon Hammond explores how neurofeedback may help in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, more commonly known as OCD. Past research has found that a pharmacologic treatment of OCD has typically yielded only small improvements for OCD sufferers. In this study, two patients with OCD each underwent tests and surveys to determine the extent of their symptoms, followed by personalized programs of neurofeedback. Not only did both patients experience improvement in their symptoms, but they maintained these improvements over a year after the completion of therapy. While the small number of patients in the study calls …

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