Resources

ADHD

One of the early uses of Neurofeedback was to help kids with ADHD function better.  Here is a video showing how this works with ADHD.

Autism

Autism is so hard on both parents and the child who feels separated from other children, through his inability to read the emotions and reactions of others. The following video explains how Neurofeedback works with autistic spectrum disorders.

Autism and Paracetamol (Tylenol)

Ann Bauer, the author of the attached article tracked me down via the Charleston Gazette newspaper, where based on a webinar that  William Shaw, PhD, Director of the Great Plains Labs gave in January 2012 and the sources he cited, I had published a short feature piece with graphics on the connection between the use of acetaminophen and autism. She told me that this article will be part of her PhD dissertation. She is still working on getting more evidence.

The information confirms what Dr. Shaw and I have been saying. She did a very thorough literature review and came up with an 8 country comparison.  She also says that the reason that the incidence of ASD is so much higher in males is that the infants are given up to 7 doses of Tylenol before and after the circumcision.

Now if we could only get this information to all the pediatric and OR nurses who so assiduously ply infants with Tylenol. If you read this maybe you can help spread the word. Read more in her research article here.

Autism, PDD, ADD and Nutritional Support

Frequently brain function can be enhanced with specialized nutritional support.  After blood tests, specific deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or digestive enzymes can be identified. Holistic physicians taking this information can then order a specially compounded mixture of  the needed items from a compounding pharmacy.  One such pharmacy with which I have worked is the Health Research Institute Pharmacy.

They have specialized in compounding prescriptions based on the research by the  ground breaking research on Autism Spectrum Disorders by William Shaw, of the Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.

Dr Shaw has written a book on the subject of nutritional support entitled Biological Treatments for Autism and PDDThe book can ordered here.

Brain Development

Some excellent information on the latest findings of the developmental changes in the brain from childhood, adolescence to adulthood  can be found in a special PBS television series on the brain. It explains how executive functions and rational thinking don’t develop fully mature till age 25, and why this causes problems in children and adolescents. (Did you ever wonder why auto insurance rates are so high until age 25?)

Brain Injuries

The skull forms a protective shell for the brain.  The  brain mass is very soft, and has a jelly like consistency, and if there is a sudden blow to the head, it can get slammed against  inside of the skull. The result may be bruises, also called hematomas.   A sudden twisting motion can also slam the brain against some of the ridges inside the skull, which can cause tears in the covering of the brain leading to bleeding.  The brain can also be affected by viral and retroviral infections.  These can cause lesions which can damage the neural sheaths around the neural pathways (axons), and can disrupt the electrical connectivity. Any one of these conditions can affect the functioning of the brain, and cause various states of disregulation.

Such disregulation can produce a wide range of symptoms, such as migraines, seizures, personality changes, anger control, loss of concentration, memory problems, coordination difficulties, lowered immune response, anxiety,and depression among others.

There are various ways of scanning the brain.  Each scanning technique has a slightly different aim.  Which one is appropriate is determined by what kind of problem we are looking at. See more information on the various kinds of scanning techniques.

Chronic Pain

Controlling brainwaves with Neurofeedback can change the “set point” for experiencing pain.  This can be applied for migraines as well as complex regional pain. Here is a video of someone talking about his chronic pain.

Depression: New Research

A January 31, 2012 segment (by Jon Hamilton) on NPR Morning Edition reported on new research of a group of glutamate stimulating drugs that seem to provide fast relief from depression. Among these drugs are ketamine, scopolamine, and riluzole.  Ketamine is a FDA approved anesthetic that entered the black market as Special K, a potent hallucinogenic.  Scopolamine, is an anti-nausea drug to combat motion sickness. It can be used as a patch.  Whereas traditional antidepressants (like Prozac) take weeks to work with the neurotransmitter serotonin to stimulate new neurons, the action of the three glutamine stimulating drugs is much faster. The action of the glutamine enhancers is to increase communications among existing neurons by creating new connections.   Neurofeedback is thought to have a similar effect of creating greater connectivity by stimulating action in the astrocytes and glial cells of the brain.

Check out an NPR story: New depression drugs offer hope for toughest cases.

Nutrition and Brain function

Some of the prominent brain researchers say that nutritional factors often play a crucial role in degrading or enhancing brain function. Certain food constituents, like glutens, sugars, or even aspartame, can cause problems in the brain.  On the other hand, certain nutritional supplements, like cystine, certain amino acids, and anti-oxidants, can have beneficial effects that can ameliorate symptomatic behaviors.

Nora Gedgaudas is holistic health practitioner who combines neurofeedback with nutritional counseling.  Besides being a frequent talk show guest, she has given a day long seminar at the EEG Institute for other neurofeedback practitioners on Nutrition.  She is the author of a groundbreaking book, entitled Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and Longer Life. Find out more about her work.

PTSD

Soldiers and victims of abuse often have symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.

Neurofeedback and can bring the brain back to normal functioning. This video has several veterans talking about how it helped them.

See also the short video of SPECT images of brains with PTSD before and after Neurofeedback.

You can also read about the stunning results of a study where 350 combat Marines at Camp Pendleton used Neurofeedback to alleviate their symptoms of PTSD and TBI. The program which is standard for Marines returning from the AFPAK theatre is called Combat Stress Reset.  (Click here to download.)

Peak Performance

Sometimes we would like to do the things we do every day in our professional or personal lives.Athletes want to improve their performance.  Neurofeedback can help people overcome their internal barriers and reach peak performance in these areas. The following video has people talking about how Neurofeedback helped them get into the “flow” of the “zone” to improve their performance.

Questionnaires for Self Inventory

Here is a website from the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center where you can find what are called Positive Psychology Questionnaires.

Each short questionnaire allows a person to look at the positive aspects of situations, whether it be illness, depression, aging, aging, self-care, etc. Each questionnaire consists of a few short sentences and can be completed in less than five minutes. Check to see how you see yourself, and how you could see yourself more positively.

Attributional Style Questionnaire (ASQ)

Curiosity and Exploration Inventory (CEI)

Gratitude Questionnaire – 6 (GQ-6)

Hope Scale (HS)

Inspiration Scale (IS)

Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ)

Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS)

Older Adults’ Attributional Style Questionnaire (OAASQ)

Personal Growth Initiative Scale (PGIS)

Psychological Well-Being Scales

Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI)

Satisfaction with Life Scale

Silver Lining Questionnaire (SLQ)

State-Trait-Cheerfulness Inventory (STCI)

Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS)

Transgression-Related Interpersonal Motivations Inventory (TRIM)

VIA Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS)

SPECT

SPECT stands for Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography.  SPECT scans can show us which parts of the brain are working well, which ones are over aroused, and which ones are under aroused or underfunctioning.  As such they can be a very effective diagnostic tool. They sometimes are used in conjunction with Neurofeedback. For more, take a look at this gallery of SPECT images of various types of brain disregulation.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback techniques have evolved with surprising speed over the past few years. Much of the progress has been due to the pioneering, results-driven clinical work done by Sue Othmer. In collaboration with Siegfried Othmer who has provided the theoretical explanations for their work, EEG Neurofeedback has moved from QEEG based training to symptom driven training. Along with that has come the development of new instrumentation and software that allow for Very Low Frequency training.

Physical Therapy for the Brain

"Neurofeedback addresses the physiological basis of behavior, the aspects that are accessible to us by virtue of our innate brain plasticity. With the appropriate set of tools, one then observes what can be accomplished in a training paradigm. Neurofeedback can be considered physical therapy for the brain." Siegfried Othmer, PhD, Chief Scientist, EEGinfo.

Client Testimonials

Who knew anxiety was hobbling my brain? Certainly not I. But sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, and that is the case for me and my underlying anxiety. Everything from mundane chores to professional responsibilities is now less of a hassle. It seems like magic. F.W.

I feared my child with autism would never be able to attend school. After 20 sessions of counseling and Neurofeedback, he is attending school and handles himself well in social situations. We are continuing with the sessions because we see ongoing improvement. S.W.