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Neurofeedback Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Discussion in 'Therapy' started by MyBrainDr, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. MyBrainDr

    MyBrainDr New Member

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    Hi. I hope this is the right place for this post. I wanted to introduce the community to neurofeedback.

    We have had a lot of success treating both anxiety and depression in patients with neurofeedback therapy.

    Neurofeedback (also knowns as neurotherapy and EEG biofeedback) has been in use by medical professionals for over 40 years to treat a wide range of neurological disorders. Meaning ‘brain’ and ‘input’, neurofeedback specifically monitors and measures brain wave activity to identify irregularities. Once identified, a signal designed to correct the irregularity is produced and the brain waves are guided back into a healthy pattern. With repetition of this process over time, the brain will learn to stay in healthy ranges without the aid of the computer.

    While I understand that many people scoff at non-traditional treatments, there is tremendous clinical support for neurofeedback's efficacy. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has listed neurofeedback as a 'Level 1 - Best Support' intervention for anxiety and attention problems.

    In short, both anxiety and depression are characterized by abnormal brainwave activity in specific areas of the brain. Neurofeedback essentially acts as 'exercise' for the brain and supports the brain in creating new neuropathways. Over time, this process brings the brainwaves back into the normal range and many of the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression can be minimized or even eradicated completely.

    Please feel free to check out more info on our site: http://mybraindr.com/

    We always encourage people to try a drug-free treatment plan before committing to long-term prescription drugs if at all possible.
     
  2. janemariesayed
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    janemariesayed Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks very much for this information. I'm sure it'll be a great help to a lot of people on here.
     
  3. Concernedgal
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    Concernedgal Well-Known Member

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    Where can I get it and how much does it cost?
     
  4. MyBrainDr

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    Our practice is based in Cary, North Carolina but I'm sure you can find a local clinic that offers neurofeedback. If you can't, let me know and I'll see if I can recommend someone close to you.

    As for costs, these vary, but typically a set of 20 sessions can cost between $1500 and $2000.
     
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    janemariesayed Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow! That is quite expensive. How can the majority afford those kinds of costs? Apparently, it works but they still don't know all they need to know and they are not sure that the effects actually last.

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/brain-myths/201302/read-paying-100s-neurofeedback-therapy-0
     
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    janemariesayed Moderator Staff Member

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    Love the new avatar pic! :cat:
     
  7. MyBrainDr

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    It definitely can get expensive, and is often not covered by insurance.

    I encourage you to dig deep into the research. There have been hundreds of studies done at this point and strong evidence that neurofeedback is effective. Many studies show that it is at least as effective as prescription medication in many instances. And yes, there are also studies that show it produces the same results as placebo's. But then again, there are countless studies that show the same about prescription medications.

    Even Psychologytoday.com lists dozens of recommended neurofeedback practitioners, so as is often the case, the same sources point to conflicting information on the subject.

    One thing to keep in mind is that treatments such as neurofeedback run directly against the interests of the pharmaceutical industry and are often the target of their (anti) marketing efforts.

    Given the side effects and long-term prescriptions often associated with anxiety meds, in my mind it is at least worth a shot before heading down that road.

    Thanks again for responding!
     
  8. Concernedgal
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    Concernedgal Well-Known Member

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    Thank you jane...
     
  9. janemariesayed
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    janemariesayed Moderator Staff Member

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    Of course, any natural therapy is shunned upon by these multi-billion dollar companies. Practically worldwide, we are given fluoride in our water yet this is toxic and causes cancer, dementia as well as a host of other not so nice things. It's one of my OCD anxieties to think about what is being done to us while we just sit dumb.
     
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    Besides, after only having a quick look, I see it looks like an interesting subject and may be good for therapy. I couldn't afford it myself but sometimes if you search for long enough, you find someone giving away tips for free. So we can then work on it ourselves. It's always good to read up on something so we can keep learning. Then when we find something that works it's brilliant!
     

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