What is Neurofeedback therapy used for?
Neurofeedback helps with brain dysregulations, such as: Anxiety, anger, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, mood disorders, attention deficits (ADD/ADHD), behavior disorders, various sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, PMS and emotional disturbances, traumatic brain injury (TBI), substance dependency disorders, and autism.
Or it can train the brain to perform better by increasing the concentration, mental and physical energy, boosting memory, and quality of sleep. With peak performance training individuals learn how to use the full potential of their brain to remain calm and focused under stressful situations, improve their reaction time, and control performance anxiety.
How many sessions of Neurofeedback therapy are needed?
There is no one fixed answer to this question since our genetic, brain function and dysregulations could be different.
During the sessions, we check the progress by repeating the qEEG assessment and the standard questionnaires to control the improvement.
But On average 30 to 40 sessions of Neurofeedback are needed. In some more complicated cases such as traumatic brain injury, ADHD, and depression the number of sessions might increase to 50.
It is recommended to do the training at least two to three times per week to get the maximum benefit . Usually there is a noticeable effect within 10-20 sessions.
How can Neurofeedback help different people with different conditions?
The training planning of each individual happens after the initial brain assessment and data collection through standard questionnaires. So, the training protocol is individualized based on the dysregulations of the person`s brain function.
Are the effects of the Neurofeedback permanent?
In the most cases if the individual completes the training course properly, the effects are long-term and stable. It is important to continue the training sessions after feeling significant improvements to make sure of proper reinforcement.
In some cases, like ADHD and depression maintenance session few times per year is recommended.
Does Neurofeedback therapy have side effects?
Sometimes individuals might feel tired and nervous, have headache, experience irritability, or difficulty in falling asleep. These problems usually happen when the training session takes long. The temporary increase of the symptoms that are already present also have been reported. The individual usually can expect relieve of symptoms in a short time.
Should I take my medications during Neurofeedback therapy?
You should Not stop taking your medication without speaking to your physician. Neurofeedback has its effect on your brain and will train your brain while you are taking medications or supplements. whenever your condition improves due to better performance of your brain you can inform your physician and at the discretion of him/her you might be allowed to reduce the dosage of your medication or stop taking it.
Can Neurofeedback therapy cure diseases?
Neurofeedback looks at the unwanted conditions, as dysregulations of the brain not disease. So, the training helps your brain to learn how to find the correct neural pathways to function more efficient. With Neurofeedback your brain finds out how to regulate itself to improve your overall performance. But the word “cure” does not apply on Neurofeedback therapy.
Can by neurofeedback therapy put something to my brain?
Absolutely not. The electrodes that are attached to your head just can assess your brain function by reading your brain waves and give back to you moment-by- moment feedback of your brain performance which you can see it as a movie or a game or you are able to hear it as a music. But it is not able to put anything like energy or electricity into your brain.
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