08 Apr 2018

Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, TBI and Clear Mind Neurofeedback

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Neurofeedback is widely used to treat depression, and those in the industry believe that given the number of different protocols–beta, SMR, alpha-theta, alpha–there are few instances in which drugs will be necessary in the future to treat depression. At Spectrum both beta/SMR training and the alpha-theta protocol are used, sometimes separately and sometimes together. While he sees his share of serious trauma, Bill Scott says people suffering from mild to moderate depression who do alpha-theta often find something simple and relatively minor at the bottom of their illness. The kind of stuff that often comes up is e.g. a three year old who is walking through the park and the father lets go of their hand and they think their father does not love them. Once they have worked it out, the depression is gone. Although alpha-theta can help extract a painful memory, and there is an attendant release, the work is not always done. This is where beta and SMR training are helpful. They strengthen the brain for the work of recovery.

Those who practice EEG biofeedback use the phrase “the kindling effect.” It means that even though memory–the original emotionally stressful insult–might be remembered and processed in therapy or an alpha-theta session, it was present in the brain long enough that the wound evolved from strictly psychological to physiological and has caused problems similar to a closed head injury: short attention span, fogginess, and poor memory. Dr. Daniel Kuhn, a psychiatrist in Manhattan, specializes in treating veterans of the Israeli war of 1973. After talk therapy he uses beta training to treat the residual cognitive problems. “You cannot talk people out of these kinds of things,” he says. “Nothing works as well to clear them up as EEG neurofeedback.”

Watch the video below describing how our system works effectively in training the dis-regulated brain learn to regulate itself naturally, without drugs.