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Neurofeedback – Train Your Brain Noninvasive, drug free treatment for mental disorders.

NeurofeedbackMental disorders ranging from depression to substance abuse can completely change the direction of an individual’s life. For those who want to make a change, the challenge can sometimes put it out of reach as a complete understanding of the disorder may be lacking.
There are numerous treatment methods available for those with a mental disorder. Neurofeedback is preferred because it provides an option for those who want to better understand their condition. Neurofeedback allows for better control over the brain, demonstrating the brain can be trained and molded just like a muscle.
Neurofeedback is a relatively new biofeedback technique that focuses on helping a person train themselves to directly affect brain function. Although it sounds like science-fiction in nature, it’s actually a reputable and scientifically-proven technique practiced by specially-trained psychotherapists. Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a gradual therapeutic learning process that takes time and focus.
As the name implies, neurofeedback works by providing feedback to an individual about their brain, specifically, their brainwaves. Feedback in a vacuum, however, is useless, so the individual undergoing neurofeedback is rewarded for patterns of brainwave activity that are better for the person. This is referred to as “self-regulation,” because the individual is learning how to regulate their own actual brainwave patterns on their own, without medications or additional therapy.
Neurofeedback has research backing supporting its noninvasive effectiveness and use in numerous mental disorders, including depression, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, sleep disorders, headaches and migraines, and other emotional issues. It can also be used to help people who have organic brain disorders, such as autism, cerebral palsy and seizures.
Neurofeedback actually provides an innovative, drug-free treatment environment where patients suffering from something like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression and other types of emotional and behavioral problems can gain the power to change their brain activity patterns at will.
The environment provides repeated training in monitored and age-appropriate videos or video games. Patients use this platform to improve their ability to alter brain activity. In roughly 80 percent of cases, this activity produced an improved mood and motivation.
Patients involved in neurofeedback sit in a chair in front of a computer that is attached to their head through electrodes. Software then detects brain activity and identifies the patient’s brainwaves as either desirable or undesirable.
When brain activity is desirable, the patient is rewarded with pleasant video images. Brains that are not behaving according to the rules will receive bleak and disagreeable images.
Over time, this procedure will train the mood centers in the brain to associate certain brain patterns with positive or negative images and eventually provide the individual with the power to take control of their brain activity. It is believed this process can treat ADHD, depression, anxiety and more.
For more information about neurofeedback therapy or to schedule a consultation, call (352) 633-1049.
Wellness 360
1000 Main Street, Suite 237
The Villages, FL 32159
(Second floor of MVP Spanish Springs)
(352) 633-1049
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