Early this year the Wall Street Journal published an article called Brain Training for Anxiety, Depression and Other Mental Conditions. (You have to be a subscriber to access the full article.)
I’m happy to see neurofeedback getting this kind of mainstream attention.
Author Andrea Petersen calls neurofeedback “A new treatment for psychiatric disorders…” Neurofeedback has actually been around since the 1960s, but not in the form she writes about.
Petersen describes a very different kind of neurofeedback than the state of the art system we use, NeurOptimal®. For the research she writes about participants lay in an fMRI tube and focused on memories or pictures, then tried to enhance or suppress the images. In our office, you will be sitting in a comfortable chair, listening to music and watching an optional pleasing graphic. There is no need to focus on anything in particular and definitely no need for an fMRI.
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Neurofeedback for Mental Health
Neurofeedback can be very helpful with anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. Results are typically long lasting.
As the WSJ article says, “Not everyone responds to current treatments like antidepressant medication and talk therapy. In one study of almost 3,000 patients, only about 1/3 of them achieved remission from their depression after up to 14 weeks on the drug citalopram (brand name Celexa).”
It’s wonderful to have an effective alternative to offer. Some may have done very good work in therapy but still don’t feel — and live life — the way they want to. Neurofeedback can be the missing piece.
In addition to wanting improved mental health, problems with attention and sleep are also common desires. Recovery from brain injuries and peak performance in a sport or work are other examples. I’ve seen good results with all of these.
How can neurofeedback be helpful with such a wide variety of conditions? It’s because with NeurOptimal® we are not treating those conditions. We are training the brain to be more resilient and flexible. That naturally can produce results in areas where the client is operating in life with less than optimal stability and effectiveness.
If you are interested in reading more about the usefulness of NeurOptimal®, please email me and I’ll send you a copy of a Survey Report reflecting the experience of trainers and their clients. Or write with questions. You can also post here on the blog.
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback