|Dr. José Guadalupe Hernández.
Neurofeedback and Psychology Specialist.
C. Mision de Sto. Tomas #2993. Office #201. Zona Rio.
Tijuana, B.C., Mexico.
Mobile: +52 (664)217-1694
Landline: +52 (664)634-2227
Tel (USA): (619) 737-8983
Neurofeedback ∙ Neurotherapy ∙ PTSD ∙ ADHD ∙ Couple therapy ∙ Family therapy ∙ Counseling ∙ Addictions treatment ∙ Vocational orientation ∙ Clinical Psychology ∙ Psychologist ∙ Autism ∙ Attention deficit ∙ Anxiety ∙ Depression
The first step is to make an interview so the therapist can understand the family and health background of the person. Once an evaluation about the problem is obtained, the patient can assist to Neurofeedback therapy sessions (at least twice a week) in order to achieve brain waves associated with balance. The Neurofeedback training is a painless, noninvasive procedure. One or more sensors are placed in the scalp and in the ears. The brain waves are then monitored using a neural amplifier and a computer that processes the signal and provides the adequate feedback. This feedback is shown to the patient using a videogame that is handled by focusing the attention on it. While the brain activity is increased in the desired frequency, the videogame performs faster. Gradually, the brain will respond to the signals it gets, and then a learning process will be achieved. New brain wave patterns (similar to those normally observed in healthy people) will be acquired by the patient.
Disorders as the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), impulsiveness, distractibility and hyperactivity usually have excellent results after this treatment. The effects can be observed later as improved performance in work or in school, as cognitive functions will be enhanced as well. Some studies have found an increase of 10 points in IQ Tests after using Neurofeedback in kids with ADHD. Two of these studies observed increments of 19 and 23 points. The behavior can be enhanced in other ways. If a patient has temper tantrums, is belligerent, defiant, cruel or violent, this treatment can make it possible to recover the behavioral control by the patient. In the case of depression, a gradual recovery of the affection or emotional responsiveness can be achieved, as well as a reduction of the fatigue feeling. In the case of anxiety and panic attacks, gradual improvement is observed as a decrease of the frequency and severity of the anxiety or panic episodes, until the mind of the patient gets normalized. The same happens with epilepsy attacks, so medication to control this disease can be reduced among the secondary effects of it.
The brain is amazingly adaptable and capable of learn. It can learn to enhance its own performance. The only it needs is to be provided by some tracks about what has to be changed. When information is provided to the brain about how it is operating, and when the brain is requested to change the way some of its functions are performed, the brain can learn to do it. The brain waves (electroencephalography, or EGG) show a particular pattern when a mature brain is working correctly, and the brain can regulate itself so the person can be alert and focus its attention. The therapist challenge the person to maintain such high-performance mental state. Gradually, the brain will learn and retain it as well as it can learn and retain anything else. From an EEG, the therapist can conclude the person is not being able to perform as well as it can in some circumstances. Negative effects are observed in behavior, sleep patterns, humor, efficiency, etc. With the adequate training, a person can gradually recover the control of all these functions so its EEG gets normalized.
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