Mood Issues

Perhaps you have had a diagnostic label ascribed to how you feel, like anxiety or depression or a more dramatic one like bi-polar disorder.  What you know is that you have trouble regulating your moods, you feel driven by feelings of being out of control, not in charge of your own life.

We are not concerned with those labels, we know that brain dysregulation, the sub conscious wiring currently determining your behaviors is in need of adjustment.  That is what we do here.

We teach your brain incrementally, over a number of sessions, to replace those bad “habits” it has acquired in your life with new ones.  More efficient and better suited to allow you to experience a new way of being.  Calm, less reactive and more proactive in how you face the challenges of your life.

 

Listed below are some of the hundreds of research studies

on how neurofeedback training can help with your “diagnosis”.

Anxiety

Neurofeedback with Anxiety and Affective Disorders
by Hammond DC Ph.D. ABEN/ECNS

ABSTRACT
Compelling evidence exists for a neurophysiologic basis for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A large number of positron emission tomographic and single photon emission computed tomographic studies have found increased blood flow and metabolism in the mediofrontal, anterior cingulate, right frontal, or orbitofrontal areas [1-14], which implicates a cortico-striato-thalamocortical network. Functional abnormalities also have been documented in a large number of quantitative EEG (qEEG) studies [15-22] and evoked potential studies [23-27]. OCD seems to be somewhat heterogeneous, however, with at least two qEEG subtypes that have been found [17-21].

A Review of EEG Biofeedback Treatment of Anxiety Disorders [abs.]
by Moore NC

ABSTRACT
Alpha, theta and alpha-theta enhancements are effective treatments of the anxiety disorders (Table 1). Alpha suppression is also effective, but less so (Table 2). Perceived success in carrying out the task plays an important role in clinical improvement.

 Case Study: Anxiety and Panic Attacks
by The Biocybernaut Institute

ABSTRACT
This 29 year old woman was a victim of repeated panic attacks. She decided to try alpha brain wave training after the discouraging and ineffective experiences she had while seeking treatment for her condition through the modes of traditional medicine, which included medical doctors, therapists, even hypnotists.

 Treatment of Chronic Anxiety Disorder with Neurotherapy: A Case Study
by Thomas JE Ph.D. and Sattlberger E B.A.

ABSTRACT
The objective of the present case study is to report the effects of alpha-decrease biofeedback training on a patient diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder Three Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventories (MMPI and MMPI-2) were used as objective measures of treatment efficacy. Following 15 sessions of slow wave inhibit/fast wave increase EEG feedback training, the patient reported a significant reduction in anxiety-related symptoms.

Anxiety Change Through Electroencephalographic Alpha Feedback Seen Only in High Anxiety Subjects [abs.]
by Hardt JV and Kamiya J

ABSTRACT
Subjects who were either high or low in trait anxiety used alpha feedback to increase and to decrease their electroencephalographic alpha activity. The alpha changes were tightly linked to anxiety changes, but only in high anxiety subjects (for whom anxiety was reduced in proportion to alpha increases, and was increased in proportion to alpha suppression).

Evaluating the Efficacy of a Biofeedback Intervention to Reduce Children’s Anxiety [abs.]
by Wenck LS, Leu PW, D’Amato RC

ABSTRACT
This study explored the reduction of anxiety with children using a combination of electromyograph and thermal biofeedback techniques. One hundred and fifty children (7th and 8th graders) were identified by teachers as anxious and randomly assigned to biofeedback intervention and no-intervention groups.

Biofeedback Treatments of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Preliminary Results [abs.]
by Rice KM, Blanchard EB, Purcell M

ABSTRACT
Forty-five individuals with generalized anxiety (38 with GAD as defined by DSM-III) were randomized to 4 treatment conditions or a waiting list control. Patients received 8 sessions of either frontal EMG biofeedback, biofeedback to increase EEG alpha, biofeedback to decrease EEG alpha, or a pseudomeditation control condition.

Depression

Baehr, E., Rosenfeld, J. P., & Baehr, R. (2001). Clinical use of an alpha asymmetry neurofeedback protocol in the treatment of mood disorders: Follow-up study one to five years post therapy. Journal of Neurotherapy

The three patients originally diagnosed as having unipolar depression reached the training criteria for the non-depressed range by the end of their initial training, and they have maintained their normal scores for right hemisphere alpha asymmetry training over time. The follow-up Beck Depression Inventory scores were also within the normal range.

 

Wang, S.-Y., Lin, I.-M., Peper, E., Chen, Y.-T., Yeh, Y.-C., …. Chu, C.-C. (2016). The efficacy of neurofeedback among patients with major depressive disorder.

Alpha asymmetry of the left and right frontal hemisphere is a potential biomarker for major depressive disorder (MDD). Neurofeedback (NFB) is a clinical intervention program for regulating brain activity and decreasing alpha asymmetry.

Schizophrenia

Bolea, A. S. (2010). Neurofeedback treatment of chronic inpatient schizophrenia. Journal of Neurotherapy, 14(1), 47–54.

The author obtained progress using neurofeedback with more than 70 hospital inpatients with chronic schizophrenia. Improvements were seen in the EEG patterns and in cognitive, affective and behavioral patterns that often resulted in successful release from the hospital to live in the community. A 2-year follow up found that positive changes were sustained.

 

Sürmeli T, Ertem A, EralpE, Kos IH. (2012). Schizophrenia and the efficacy of qEEG-guided neurofeedback treatment: a clinical case series. Clinical EEG& Neuroscience Journal.

Of the remaining 48 participants 47 showed clinical improvement after NF treatment, based on changes in their PANSS scores. The participants who were able to take the MMPI and the TOVA showed significant improvements in these measures as well. Forty were followed up for more than 22 months, 2 for 1 year, 1 for 9 months, and 3 for between 1 and 3 months after completion of NF. Overall NF was shown to be effective. This study provides the first evidence for positive effects of NF in schizophrenia.

 

For more information please visit…

ISNR

The International Society for Neuronal Regulation and Research        a well maintained bibliography of neurofeedback research

EEGInfo

A well organized page on the major studies on neurofeedback and its applications.