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Video: Neurofeedback for Chronic Pain

This is another video resource from EEGInfo.com featuring neurofeedback specialist Caroline Grierson, who practices neurofeedback alongside UCLA pain specialist Dr. Prager. It’s an excellent overview of how neurofeedback can help individuals struggling with chronic pain to manage their pain in a non-invasive way that can reduce or even eliminate their need for medication. Grierson explains that “by learning to control the brain waves with the help of brainwave biofeedback or neurofeedback, we can affect the underlying structure of one’s attention on pain, and maybe return the brain’s pain sensitivity to a more normal set point.” Check it out here: For …

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Video: Neurofeedback for Autism

This amazing video from EEGInfo.com shows the success stories of three families of children diagnosed with autism — including one couple, Susan and Siegfried Othman, whose experience with neurofeedback for their own autistic son inspired them to become neurofeedback practitioners. In the words of Susan Othmer, “we like to think of neurofeedback as a brain exercise where we’re specifically exercising the brain’s ability to manage its own states — so to be calm enough, to be awake enough, to be focused enough to do what you want to do is the goal.” These families all credit neurofeedback for helping their …

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Video: Neurofeedback for ADHD

This is a great video resource from EEGInfo.com. It tells the heartwarming story of how Sam, diagnosed with ADHD in 3rd grade, struggled with his condition and the personality-altering side effects brought on by the medication he was prescribed. Looking for a way to help him calm his mind and improve his focus without medication, Sam’s mom turned to neurofeedback, and the results have been nothing short of amazing. In Sam’s words: “Now I can access more parts of my brain. It’s opened up my mind to do more things. Before I thought I could do nothing but be a …

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Treating Attention Deficit Disorder Without Ritalin

The book Getting Rid of Ritalin, written by Robert W. Hill, Ph.D. and Eduardo Castro, M.D., details how neurofeedback therapy can help individuals coping with ADD successfully improve brain function without the need for medication. The authors explore how neurofeedback works to unlock the individual’s ability to learn what different states of focus “feel like” so that they can self-regulate in the way that best optimizes their brain function and performance. According to the authors, this not only improves the brain’s cognitive function, but also boosts overall physical health, such as the cardiovascular, immune and gastrointestinal systems — in other words, …

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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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Neurofeedback Gains Traction As Popular Treatment

Neurofeedback is quickly emerging as a popular way to address common mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety, and more. The treatment involves using an EEG machine to create a “map” of a patient’s brain during a particular activity. The clinician can then help the patient devise strategies of practice and repetition to manage these tendencies so that their brain will begin to naturally respond in different and more positive ways, much like exercising a muscle. Proponents of the treatment assert that neurofeedback is an effective way to manage many common mental issues without using pharmaceutical drugs, which may have …

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Loving Life Helps Carlos Quentin Play Better

White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin was known in professional baseball for his fiercely competitive approach to the game. After a bad play or a strikeout, Quentin was so hard on himself that he would become physically ill and felt little enjoyment while playing. Off the field though, he was described by his coach as “the biggest jokester in the room.” Quentin made it his goal to achieve greater mental toughness, and to bring his positive, easygoing off-season self into his professional performance. With the help of psychiatrist Dr. Leslie Sherwin, he has made it happen. Click here to learn …

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