Can neurofeedback (NFB) help with Parkinson's Disease (PD)? Studies have demonstrated improved balance in PD patients with as few as 8 sessions (Azarpaikan, et al., 3/30/14, in press). In another study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, motor function improvement was statistically significant in a randomized controlled study (RCT) using NFB (Subramanian, et al., 2011). The authors conclude "These findings demonstrate that self-modulation of cortico- subcortical motor circuits can be achieved by PD patients through neurofeedback and may result in clinical benefits that are not attainable by motor imagery alone." Though PD is a progressive disease, studies such as these provide hope for reducing and delaying symptoms and providing relief to Parkinson's sufferers.
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An estimated 6-9% of all children have symptoms diagnosable as ADD or ADHD. While we often think of these conditions as affecting only kids, an estimated 60-70% of kids with ADD/ADHD continue to have symptoms into adulthood. ADD and ADHD are the result of dis-regulation in the brain. The dis-regulation can be over- or under-activity in different parts of the brain. Neurofeedback (NFB) helps achieve regulation and therefore, restores balance and optimal functioning. Symptoms of childhood ADD/ADHD include problems paying attention, impulsivity, and problems sitting still or being quiet. Symptoms in adults include anxiety, chronic boredom, chronic forgetfulness and lateness, depression, anger, and procrastination. Compared to other adults, those with ADD/ADHD miss more days of work, have more co-occurring conditions (for example, depression, anxiety, substance abuse), and have higher medical costs.
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Below are links to (1) a study published in the journal Pediatrics showing sustained effects of NFB with a group of 100 7-11 years olds and (2) a study published in the Journal of Adult Development showing the positive effects of NFB with adults with ADD/ADHD.
Why combine counseling and neurofeedback (NFB)? Neurofeedback can effectively address the brain imbalances that we see with issues such as depression and anxiety. But, is that it? Typically, not. Once these issues begin to subside, other issues can take center stage. We all get into patterns of behavior – some are adaptive and some less so. Combining NFB and counseling provides a window of opportunity to address long-standing brain imbalances and to then wholly deal with relationship and other issues that may have resulted from those imbalances. The goal is a truly healthy, full life. The more tools you can use to effectively heal, the better!
If you take just one supplement to boost your brain health, make it fish oil! One of the purer brands is Carlson's. It takes several pills to equal one tablespoon of fish oil, so I recommend using the liquid. It is expensive (about $50 per large bottle) but lasts a long time.
Vegetarians: Flax seed oil is helpful but is not as beneficial as fish oil.
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JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke