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Anxiety

Anxiety can be excessive and become an exaggerated worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder tend to always expect disaster and can’t stop worrying. The worry often is unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities, and relationships. A lot of the work with anxious people involves teaching them the ways in which they can help their own condition with a conscious influence on their own physiology.

 

Depression

Depression can affect populations of all age groups. It is a complex disorder that affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness, to a loss of interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety. There can be physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping poorly, having little or no appetite or sex drive, and complaining of various aches and pains. The severity of the symptoms can vary. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe depression can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.

 

Stress

When external or internal factors affect the way one feels, it is considered stress. Because of the overabundance of stress in our modern lives, we usually think of stress as a negative experience; but from a biological point of view, stress can be a neutral, negative, or a positive experience. Stress management should be a very important goal for everyone. It is an essential task for health care in general. For mental health, in particular, one must train the central nervous system towards a greater tolerance of the stresses it encounters.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders may include difficulty with sleep onset, frequent waking, bedwetting, restless leg syndrome, nightmares, night terrors, central and obstructive sleep apnea, nocturnal bruxism, snoring, sleep paralysis, sleepwalking and sleep talking, insomnia, amongst several other sleep disorders that many of us deal with on a day to day basis. The complex organization of our sleep takes us through a variety of states of arousal. And it is in sleep that we witness this process absent of any conscious control of our arousal states. So any improvement we are able to achieve with Neurofeedback should show up readily in sleep behavior.

 

Migraines

A migraine is usually a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain at the front or on one side of the head. A migraine headache is a form of vascular headache. 

It is caused by the enlargement of blood vessels that causes the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around the large arteries of the brain. These chemicals cause inflammation, pain and further enlargement of the arteries. The increasing enlargement of the arteries magnifies the pain, which is usually located in a specific area of the head, depending on each person.  Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.  

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A life-threatening traumatizing event, or a sequence of such events can evoke our core emergency response system. One aspect of that response system is for our memory to be strengthened for such events. The traumatic event is recorded by our brain, but what is remembered is our experience of the event, and that experience also includes our response to the crisis. So the body and mind remember a unitary experience that merges the external sensory inputs with the internal responses. In subsequent recall of the event, it is this unitary experience that re-emerges together with the exalted sensation of panic, fear, etc.

Addiction

Addiction is a seriously debilitating, mental health disorder.  It’s a disease that affects thinking – and causes a person to engage in behavior that is self-destructive and painful. It’s often accompanied by anxiety, depression, and bipolar or other comorbid mental health disorders. Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity, such as gambling. You're more at risk of developing an addiction if other members of your family have addiction problems, you experienced stress or abuse while growing up or if you have a mental health problem.

 

Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder represents a group of behavioral problems where a child is aggressive, antisocial and deviant to a much greater degree than expected for the child’s age. To get a diagnosis of conduct disorder, the child must have shown at least three of the core symptoms over the past year: aggression to people and animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness, lying or stealing, serious violations of rules.

Benefits of Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a personal trainer for your brain, specifically for a person who suffers from anxiety. Gently the brain is trained to operate out of a calmer place. The benefit of relieving anxiety conditions does not restrict itself to anxiety per se, but will influence the person’s entire life quality. The changes will reflect improved attention and focus of the person; emotional relationships will progress; and the person will relate differently with his or her perceived “self.” 

 

 

 

Neurofeedback can train the brain to pull itself out of depression and to maintain itself in a better state of dynamic equilibrium. The appropriate Neurofeedback technique can pull people out of suicidal thinking, often in a single 45-minute session. Over time, the brain is trained toward stability and then a recurrence is no longer expected. Neurofeedback created endurance for the brain, so that it is able to resist and maintain the equilibrium sought by the body when a person falls into depression. With successful Neurofeedback training, medications targeting brain function may no longer be needed, or they may be needed at lower dosages, as the brain takes over the role of regulating itself.

 

Neurofeedback alleviates the symptoms of stress by replacing feelings of anxiety, worry, fear, and pressure with a feeling of euphoria, mental calmness, and tranquility. It helps one focus on how to respond to stress in a more positive manner. External factors that affect stress can be diminished by allowing the person to concentrate on what is important.  Neurofeedback provides a pathway for brain self-regulation and enforces general relaxation. Neurofeedback helps reduce the negative effects that stress can cause and turn them into positive mental and physical states of being.

 

The impact of Neurofeedback on sleep disorders is evident because it targets very basic regulatory functions in the brain, such as the management of physiological arousal.  Neurofeedback applies to any aspect of brain function that we can measure; sleep disorders fall into this category and through the self-regulation training that your brain receives from Neurofeedback the central nervous system is allowed to function better. 

 

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Migraine headaches could be very painful and vexing. Therefore, the diminishing of the symptoms has been the focus of migraine treatments. The main focus of the treatment is to reduce the likelihood of migraine symptoms until completely eliminating migraine headaches, whether chronic or not. Complete elimination of symptoms may or may not occur depending on the person.  In most cases, however, symptoms and chronic migraines can be highly diminished after the required amount of Neurofeedback sessions. 

 

 

 

 

Neurofeedback can alleviate many symptoms caused by PTSD. The focus of the therapy is to allow the person the possibility of recalling the traumatic event without reliving the experience. Calming the physiology and taming the fear response is the first thing to do. The original memory is literally being reprogrammed in a process reminiscent of physical therapy. It is a matter of reaching balance and strength for your brain, so that it can accomplish self-regulation and help you gain control of your mind and body. The result is that the traumatic memory assumes its rightful place as a biographical, historical memory like all the others. The person can function normally, in this respect, from that time forward. 

 

 

Brain training is a new approach that can help teach self-control by decreasing stress, increasing reasoning, and override irrational thoughts. Combined with addiction treatment, it dramatically increases the success rate of treatment. Because addiction is a brain disorder, not a moral issue or a lack of discipline. Neurofeedback training stimulates the brain to retrain patterns of dysfunction and helps teach you how to calm down. It connects to the reasonable, rational regions of the brain during stressful times. When people gain control of their emotions, they can start choosing the option to remain clean and sober. We teach the brain to remain calm, relaxed, and focused. Training helps support more clear thinking. 

The aim of each Neurofeedback session is to improve and to promote self-regulation. Therefore, in cases such as behavioral problems in children (e.g., temper tantrums, aggression), Neurofeedback may help children learn to control impulsive behaviors.