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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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Trauma Survivors Find Fresh Hope in Neurofeedback

This article explores the benefits of neurofeedback for trauma survivors and individuals with PTSD. Neurofeedback has come a long way since its early days, when a curious German scientist first explored the concept of using technology to read brain waves in the aftermath of World War I. New research suggests that by using neurofeedback, trauma survivors can regain control of the negative symptoms associated with PTSD, such as hyperarousal (feeling threatened even in the absence of an actual threat), OCD, and more. By helping individuals essentially recalibrate the brain networks involved in emotions and cognition, neurofeedback helps PTSD sufferers find …

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Putting Workplace Stress in Its Place

Stress is one of today’s most pervasive health concerns, affecting tens of millions across the United States and causing an estimated $300 billion in loss every year to the economy. Between diminished productivity, absenteeism and direct medical costs, stress has earned a spot as the World Health Organization’s “health epidemic of the 21st century.” Many workplaces responding to employee stress have developed techniques and programs to help people de-stress throughout the workday, but even if you’re not among the lucky Google employees receiving massage retreats, you can start to minimize your own stress levels anytime! Whether by using neurofeedback, spending …

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ADHD: Neurofeedback as an Alternative to Meds

This research article evaluates the growing body of evidence that demonstrates how neurofeedback provides a robust alternative to pharmaceutical medications for treating ADHD. Today, ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed pediatric behavioral health disorder in the United States, and affects adults as well as children. Commissioned by the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR), the study notes that while medication and other types of behavioral therapy are approved and commonly used to treat ADHD, their long-term outcomes are relatively poor. In contrast, neurofeedback was found to be “twice as effective as the six other non-pharmacological ADHD treatments that were analyzed.” …

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Neurofeedback for Migraines

Anyone who has ever suffered from a migraine knows that the pain — and other associated symptoms — of this disease can be completely debilitating. This article from USA Today includes neurofeedback as one possible treatment. By teaching individuals to make subtle physical changes, such as relaxing particular muscle groups and reducing overall tension, as well as helping to calm the mind and reduce stress, the therapy can offer hope to individuals struggling with these headaches. To read more, click here.

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More Support for Treating ADHD Using Neurofeedback

ADHD is a condition that currently affects millions of Americans. While it affects both children and adults, it is particularly prevalent among children. Neurofeedback uses technology to monitor brain activity in order to help patients discover positive brain patterns and train them to recreate them more regularly. While once considered controversial, neurofeedback continues to gain support within the medical community. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics rated the treatment as a Level 1 “Best Support” Intervention for ADHD, which is its highest available rating — putting neurofeedback on par with other widely accepted treatments such as behavioral therapy and medication! …

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IQ Test Updates Based on Neurofeedback

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is an intelligence test individually administered to children between the ages of 6 and 16. It assesses a wide variety of cognitive abilities in order to compile an IQ score for each test-taker. This article proposes changes in the test based on using neurofeedback to treat learning disabilities in a private clinical setting. Researcher Michael Tansey, PhD, found that treatment with neurofeedback led to a significant reduction in learning disabilities and “normalized” performance in numerous areas on the WISC-R test. To read more, click here.

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Neurofeedback and Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a relatively common issue affecting approximately 1 in every 5 people today. Most associated with ringing in the ears, tinnitus is characterized by “hearing” sounds even when they’re not present, and can manifest as other types of sounds including roaring, buzzing, whistling, humming and more. While this is not a condition in and of itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem such as age-related hearing loss or ear injury, there is evidence to suggest that neurofeedback is an effective way for tinnitus sufferers to stop the ringing. This article contains some valuable biofeedback-based relaxation techniques designed …

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Neuroplasticity and the Brain

The ability of the brain to adapt to new situations and bounce back from trauma can be absolutely amazing. In the past, it has been widely believed that intelligence was more or less fixed, and that there was little individuals could do to increase their brain power. Science is increasingly finding that this is not the case — and that further study of this neuroplasticity could have tremendous implications not only for those simply wishing to boost their mental strength, but also for those healing from traumatic brain injuries. This article from Wired magazine tells the success story of one …

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Neurofeedback for Mild Head Injury

For those who have suffered mild head injury, neurofeedback is emerging as a potent possible treatment. This study by Dr. Alvah Byers examined a 58-year-old woman who had fallen and hit her head. The treatment began six years after her injury and included neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological tests alongside EEG procedures. While acknowledging that the small sample size calls for more research, researchers found that neurofeedback was beneficial in treating the patient, even though several years had passed. To read more, click here.

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