Treatment for Obsessive compul...

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects an individual’s thoughts and behaviour. Here the individual has intrusive repetitive distressing thoughts and compulsions or ritualistic mental acts or behaviour that temporarily reduces the distress. Living with OCD can be devastating as the individual is aware that something is wrong with them but are unable to control their thoughts. […]

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Is alcoholism hereditary?

Number of studies has been conducted to find if our gene is the cause of alcoholism, yet there has not been a study that confirms it. Experts have conducted twin and adoption studies to reach this goal. However what was found was; genes or heredity is not the sole reason for alcoholism, along with it […]

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Impact of alcoholism on family

Alcoholism is a well known health hazard. It impacts the individual’s health, their social status, finance and mental health too. But along with these it also affects the abuser’s family. Man is a social being and is always connected to others; the closet among all is family. Hence the family is bound to get an […]

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Alcohol withdrawal Syndrome

Alcohol withdrawal Syndrome are a group of symptoms that are life threatening and occur when an individual completely stops consuming alcohol or greatly reduces their intake after a long period of alcohol intake. These symptoms may start from 8 hours to days after the individual stops and may last for day or even weeks. When […]

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Obsessive compulsive disorder-...

“An individual looking as normal as person can be, has an ordinary simple job and lives an ordinary life. But when it comes to having meals this individual has rules; the fork has to be on the right and spoon on the left straight, salt always on the right side of the plate, food has […]

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Neurofeedback: An effective therapy to control brain functions

Development of human brain, that continues to baffle and bamboozle the scientific community,

ahas been one of the most significant aspect of man’s evolutionary progress.

India’s pantheon of spiritual wisdom has dwelt at length and for aeon on the ways to tame the brain or ‘Buddhi’ to make it perform efficiently. Today, Neurofeedback therapy is found to be useful in the control of brain function.

Effective tool

But, what is neurofeedback? It is a direct method of training the brain to function in an efficient manner. The brain is observed in action through a laptop-screen linked to the scalp by a set of sensors.

Neurofeedback has emerged as an effective tool to train the brain and cure any functional anomalies in it, manifesting in the form of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Primary Care for School-Age Children and Adolescents.

Self-regulation

Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback using real-time displays of brain activity or electro encephalography (EEG), to teach self-regulation. Sensors are attached to the scalp of a person to measure brain activity. The measurements are then shown on screen for the person to watch and then try and control his brain function.

Efficient or inefficient?

Opinions vary on the efficacy of the neurofeedback method to deal with ADHD or other mental issues. A conclusive evidence about its effectiveness is yet to emerge. Though in numerous cases it is found to be effective. Some experts argue for it saying there has been no adverse side-effects of the method. They maintain that standard neurofeedback protocols for ADHD, like theta/beta, SMR and slow cortical potentials are thoroughly investigated and have demonstrated specificity.

More takers now!

However, in recent years the neurofeedback has found an increasing number of takers including experts using it an alternative therapy to teach the brain to stay calm and focused. Experts say that though Neurofeedback is expensive (needing a minimum of 40 sessions costing thousands of dollars), takes too much time and yet to be scientifically proved but there is evidence to prove its usefulness.

Dos and Don’ts

As an increasing number of parents are opting for neurofeedback to treat their children for ADHD here are a few dos and don’ts for them:

  • It is important to make sure that neurofeedback session is done with a professional
  • It is important to ensure practitioner holds a certificate from Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
  • Practitioner needs to be licensed with specialization in psychological or medical disorders
  • Important to ensure practitioner jells well with your child before he begins with the session
  • Quiz practitioner about the methods he or she is using and ask if it is the latest one

A long way to go

To conclude, it is a point worth mentioning that neurofeedback is yet to pass the litmus test and become a standard, recognized system to cure mental issues like ADHD. But what has given rise to hope is that a person or child has shown durable signs of recovery at the end of the therapy. For the neurofeedback it is still a long way to go.

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