ADHD & BEHAVIOR

Over 40 years of basic and applied research demonstrates the efficacy of Neurofeedback for ADHD. ADHD is widely viewed as being associated with inattentiveness, difficulty organizing or completing tasks, impulsivity, restlessness, and hyperactivity.

Neurofeedback is a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) as well as other behaviors that manifest as dysregulation Neurofeedback is uniquely suited to addressing the neuronal dysregulation typically seen in the Frontal Lobes of the Brain. The most common pattern is a slowing of brainwave activity which is the opposite of what is desirable when attention and concentration are required. This generally means the area is under-activated and is using less glucose and oxygen than it should. Some individuals will fall asleep or enter into a daydreaming state in 90 seconds if forced to attend a boring stimulus.

 

Adults diagnosed with ADHD also experience similar difficulties because they don’t absorb important information and frequently make errors, like forgetting important deadlines or requests. This can have a profound impact on interpersonal relationships, job performance, and quality of life.

 

Brain training addresses the underlying issues in brain performance that lead to difficulty concentrating, impulsiveness, and disorganization. By addressing the root causes, our brain-based training leads to sustained changes and reduction in symptoms.

DEPRESSION

Depression is seen more as an end-stage of anxiety by many neurofeedback therapists. The body can maintain high levels of central nervous system hyperarousal for only so long. Eventually, the system begins to weaken and in response protects itself. Just as an arm that receives an injury may become stiff to naturally reduce its use and allow for healing, the brain slows down to protect itself from exhausting its resources on anxiety. A short mild depression is not necessarily a bad thing or an abnormal thing for most people, as The rigors of work, school, and relationships lead us all to experience periods of anxiety, depression, and stress. But when it goes on for more than two weeks and begins to undermine our daily living, then it is a serious problem. For some, it can even end in death. The dysregulated areas of the brain are first identified through brain mapping, through subsequent training, the brain learns to regulate and in turn reduces the symptoms, giving lasting relief.

ANXIETY

Anxiety is marked by a chronically hyperaroused central nervous system.  In a majority of cases, disposition towards anxious behavior is genetic in origin. Complex trauma to the central nervous system or prolonged stress can result in chronic anxiety and/or panic attacks.  Anxiety reduces immune system function, impairs working memory, creates attentional problems, and generates a wide variety of physical symptoms that vary from person to person.  Individuals tend to block out the feelings of anxiety over time, but the physical stress it creates for the body continues to increase until physical problems develop. Quite often physical health problems are due to chronic anxiety. 

Anxiety results in an overactive brain leading to worry, excessive negative rumination, and hypervigilance leading to chronic increased brain activity and excessive consumption of oxygen, glucose, neurotransmitters, and nutrients by the brain. This is fast brain waves dominance which is, in contrast, to slow brain waves in depression.

The goal of neurofeedback is to slow down the fast brain waves to operate in a more optimal zone of functioning.  Brain training allows the brain to grow networks that help it regulate itself better long term. Leading to the normalization of brain waves. The symptoms of anxiety progressively dissipate as the individual trains and the brain normalizes functions.

Conclusion brain trauma & memory loss

After a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI), it is common to experience headaches, fatigue, memory loss, mood changes, and attention issues that can last for years if left untreated. Neurofeedback promotes the growth of new brain cells and connections in those areas and helps memory loss patients recover their lost memories while also improving their ability to function more effectively in the present. Once trained, many clients regain their quality of life before the injury.

peak performance

Neurofeedback is a powerful tool that trains the brain to improve performance and peak mental functioning. Performance can be enhanced through neurofeedback training for athletes, musicians, writers, business leaders to unleash their fullest potential. The result is greater clarity, focus, creativity, and awareness.

learning disorder

A learning disability is a neurological condition that affects how a person processes information and communicates. It is characterized by the inability to acquire new skills, understand complex information, and have independent living skills such as preparing meals or managing finances. Key areas of the brain communicate with one another at rapid speeds; but if the timing of this communication is off even slightly, the ability to learn can be impaired. Neurofeedback helps to reduce symptoms of learning disorders, and helps with focus, concentration, memory, and reducing stress. Neurofeedback training appears to consistently improve learning difficulties by improving connectivity and timing. The result is an improved ability to learn, which is long-lasting once patterns are established and holding.

 

Arukah BrainGYM Center provides an effective way to help children and adults with learning disorders through neurofeedback.

 

addiction

Whether it is a substance, a behavior, or an eating disorder, neurofeedback can help you self-regulate your brain, reduce cravings, and restore healthy brain functioning. People who struggle with substance use disorders often begin or continue using because they have underlying, or co-occurring symptoms related to anxiety, depression, trauma-related symptoms, or PTSD. Continued use also exacerbates the symptoms of these conditions. This can make remaining abstinent very difficult.

 

can neurofeedback help?

Studies have shown that abstinence rates can be improved using Neurofeedback, making Neurofeedback a modality that both complements and enhances the efficacy of recovery programs for substance use disorders.

 

insomnia

Insomnia is more than the inability to sleep. It can disrupt your daily life causing irritability, exhaustion, tiredness, and difficulty staying focused. It is also believed to be a risk factor for other diseases including obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Clinical studies have shown neurofeedback to be an effective, drugless, natural approach to insomnia, especially for people who have struggled for years. Improvement not only means that you can fall asleep and stay asleep but have improved energy, health, and wellbeing.

migraines

Migraines can be triggered by a range of causes from light sensitivity, hormonal imbalance, allergies, dehydration, and neuro-metabolic issues. The result takes a toll on your life by inhibiting your ability to focus, mood swings, and throbbing pain. Neurofeedback retrains the brain to create new patterns and responses to the incoming triggers. When balance and function are restored, the result is fewer symptoms and flare-ups.

ptsd

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often occurs after a stressful or traumatic event leading to a plethora of symptoms. These symptoms range from anxiety and depression to fear, guilt and shame. PTSD is a debilitating condition where a person relives the initial traumatic experience as if it is current. The cumulative emotional toll impacts daily lives, relationships, and careers. The specific areas of the brain affected by PTSD can be targeted and retrained to produce healthier patterns. As brainwaves are improved and become balanced, overall function improves, resulting in a better mood, increased cognitive function, and improved sleep – laying the foundation to reclaim your life.

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