20 Jan 2020

Absence Seizures and Neurofeedback

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From Biofeedback for the Brain by Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D.   

 “Jerry’s blank periods seemed to be absence seizures.  An absence seizure is a condition in which the person appears to go blank, stares “through you.” does not respond to verbal commands, and appears to be in a hypnotic trance.  The seizures may occur frequently  but typically are of short duration, a few seconds. The conventional functional and structural brain assessments such as the MRI and the visual EEG usually are negative.  In addition to neurotherapy, it is appropriate to refer the person to a neurologist for an opinion on the diagnosis.  The treatment for the disorder is to increase the SMR amplitude and to decrease the theta waves over the sensory motor cortex.  Jerry’s case is a good example of letting the treatment be guided by what the Brain Map/qEEG tells us rather than by diagnostic labels.  Jerry is now doing fine.  His special education teacher feels that I “cured” Jerry’s autism.”