Providing mental health services in the Chattanooga area since 1999
What is Neurofeedback?
Brain training is a form of biofeedback that trains your brain. It uses real-time displays of brain activity, EEG, along with rewards in the form of music tones and videos to train your brain to function more efficiently. Sometimes our brains are operating too fast, like in fight or flight mode, when we are not at risk, resulting in the brain overworking. Sometimes the brain is operating too slowly when we need it focused for learning and relating. The sensory feedback and the brain’s response is the brain TRAINING ITSELF to a regulated, optimal state, thus significantly reducing or eliminating the resulting symptoms of a dysregulated state. Nothing is going in to the brain. It is simply the brain receiving feedback and it will change itself. Results are long-lasting or even permanent. We compare it to riding a bike. Once your brain learns to balance on two wheels, you can go for years without riding a bike but your brain instantly remembers how to do it. Brain training works the same way.
What are some issues Neurofeedback can address?
- Attention and focus
- Feeling anxious or down
- Ruminating thoughts and behaviors
- Trouble sleeping
- Memory loss
- Motivation and organization
- Brightness of mood
- Peak performance
How does it work?
During a training session, you will have EEG electrodes placed on your head that record your EEG activity into a software program. This program then rewards the brain when the brain is operating at the desired frequency. You are watching a video that is stopping and starting or listening to music that is fading in and out. That is the actual feedback that the brain uses to change itself. Training sessions last one hour. It is recommended that you train 3-4 times a week for optimal results.
What are the expected results?
Training your whole brain through a series of training sessions generally results in a significant reduction in symptoms. Changes are often evident after the first few session with lasting changes after 30 to 40 hours of training. Many times, medication can be reduced or stopped altogether. It is important that you coordinate care with your doctor to avoid over-medicating.
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