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Depression

Neurofeedback: Treating the Cause, Not the Symptoms

If you ask someone whether they’ve heard of Prozac, they are more than likely to say yes — yet if you ask someone about neurofeedback, most people aren’t quite as familiar. Neurofeedback has been shown to treat numerous mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and more. Even if you just want to boost your mental performance or focus, it has helped many people to reduce “clutter” in their minds and discover strategies for accessing a state of calmer, more focused awareness. More and more research continues to support neurofeedback’s role in helping individuals treat their mental health …

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Treatment Strategies for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most common of the anxiety disorders, but many healthcare practitioners believe it is often underdiagnosed. It is an adult-onset disorder with the highest median age of all the anxiety disorders. Characterized by excessive worry that becomes difficult to control for a period of at least six months. It is also usually accompanied by other symptoms such as sleep disturbance, fatigue, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and restlessness. GAD usually begins with an overestimated danger (such as the fear that a loved one will be kidnapped) and gradually pervades other areas of life. There are several ways to …

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Two Months After Robin Williams’ Death, Suicide Calls Still High

Many in the mental health community know the risk of suicide rates increasing after the publicized suicide of a well-known celebrity. While the tragic death of Robin Williams is no exception, numerous professionals who operate suicide hotlines across the country note that the current spike in calls has been unprecedented, both in duration and size. For example, immediately following the news of Williams’ death the National Suicide Prevention Hotline reported over double their normal volume of calls, 7,400 per day versus their usual 3,500 — and are still receiving hundreds more calls than normal, even two months later. While this …

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Using Neurofeedback to Help Rape Survivors

This initiative by neurofeedback practitioner Lanny Fly aims to bring neurofeedback to the Congo. The African country has spent years in a brutal civil war, particularly in its eastern regions, which the UN has deemed “the rape capital of the world.” The trauma of rape has doubtless contributed to tremendous upsurge in anxiety, PTSD and other mental health conditions among survivors. Neurofeedback specialist Fly hopes to use the therapy to help these survivors cope with the trauma and restore a sense of self-worth and normalcy. In the words of Fly’s translator Lidia Hearing, who herself escaped violence in the Congo, …

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Neurofeedback and Post-Partum Depression

A new study suggests that neurofeedback may help to increase empathy in humans, including mothers suffering from post-partum depression. Marked by symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, sadness, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and irritability, the condition typically affects women within the first 3 months after giving birth, but can sometimes last longer. In this study, researchers believed they could use EEG biofeedback to locate neurological patterns associated with tenderness and affection for loved ones. They then tested whether or not participants could strengthen these patterns — and thereby increase the feelings associated with them — by using neurofeedback. According to …

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Simple Tips to Manage Anxiety

Neurofeedback is fast emerging as an amazing way to treat anxiety without medication. But there are other steps you can take right now to ease your anxiety symptoms. This article from Psychology Today lists 22 quick tips to help you relax, starting right now! For people struggling with anxiety on a regular basis, neurofeedback as well as simply daily practices like these can go a long way. To read more, click here.

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Neurofeedback: A Fresh Approach for Prisons

This article on neurofeedback was written by a psychology class at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Vermont. The Community High School of Vermont program sponsoring the course provides opportunities for inmates to earn high school credit and complete diplomas. Students in this class learned about the benefits of neurofeedback from Rutland, VT-area neurofeedback specialist Dr. Sharrie Hanley, who explained how neurofeedback works to help individuals overcome a wide variety of mental health concerns, including issues that greatly affect the prison population, such as addiction, anxiety, anger management difficulties, and more. Students also noted that incorporating neurofeedback into rehabilitation …

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Using Neurofeedback to Manage Anxiety and Affective Disorders

Recognizing the need for non-pharmaceutical approaches to treating anxiety and affective disorders, this study from the University of Utah offers compelling evidence to support the further study of neurofeedback in treating these types of disorders. While the practice has strong research support as a way to manage ADD, ADHD and epilepsy, and much anecdotal evidence to support its use in also treating anxiety and depression, there is a great need for further clinical study. Because there is growing evidence suggesting the current most common method of medications may not be as effective as previously believed, neurofeedback’s potential to help patients …

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