Hello and welcome to our mental health clinic! Today, we want to talk to you about a therapy called neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback.
Neurofeedback is a form of therapy that uses technology to change brain wave activity in order to help people improve in various ways (e.g., somatic, cognitive, behavioral, etc.). During neurofeedback therapy, a person is connected to a machine that measures their brain activity and provides feedback in the form of sounds, images, or other stimuli. Depending on the type of neurofeedback, the patient is typically instructed to simply relax and concentrate on the feedback; your brain does all the work.
But how does the brain do that? First and foremost, nobody knows exactly how the brain works. It's very complicated! What we do know is that your nervous system is always self-regulating and changing. When the brain gets immediate feedback about itself, it self-regulates differently and changes as a result. When the brain "fires" differently it "wires" differently, leading to neuroplasticity and long-term changes. This treatment is unlike medication, which only temporarily changes the brain's activity.
The goal of neurofeedback is to help the brain self-regulate more optimally to improve overall functioning. It is often used to treat conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, concussion, PTSD, and more, as well as to improve performance in athletes and musicians.
So, how can neurofeedback benefit our patients struggling with mental health conditions?
First and foremost, neurofeedback is a non-invasive and drug-free treatment option. This is especially beneficial for those who may be hesitant to take medication or have had negative experiences with medications in the past.
Additionally, neurofeedback has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms and improving overall functioning in a variety of mental health conditions. For example, research has shown that neurofeedback can significantly reduce symptoms of ADHD and improve cognitive functioning in children and adolescents (Tan et. al, 2017). It has also been found to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression, as well as improving sleep and overall quality of life (Tan et. al, 2017).
Finally, neurofeedback can be a beneficial complementary treatment to other therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or mindfulness-based therapy. It can provide an additional layer of support and help individuals further develop the skills and techniques they have learned in other therapies.
We hope this gives you a better understanding of neurofeedback and how it can be a valuable treatment option for those struggling with mental health conditions. If you have any further questions or are interested in trying neurofeedback therapy, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to support you on your journey towards improved mental and emotional well-being.
Tan, G., Shaffer, F., Lyle, R., &; Teo, I. (2017). Evidence-based practice in biofeedback and neurofeedback (3rd ed.). AAPB.