Every day I receive calls from people asking, “Does Neurofeedback treat this? Does Neurofeedback treat that?” The conditions range from Adult ADD to Anxiety to Depression and everything in between. What Neurofeedback is effective in treating is much easier to understand once we drop the “labels” for specific conditions. Neurofeedback is used to address symtpoms associated with Brain Wave Dysregulation Syndrome (BDS.) BDS occurs when Brain Wave levels depart from accepted normal magnitudes, be it high or low. When this occurs, specific symptoms are manifested. For example:
A) Higher than normal magnitudes of Alpha Wave activity may produce symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia such as pain, irritability or depression.
B) Higher than normal magnitudes of Beta Wave activity may produce symptoms associated with generalized anxiety, panic attacks, migraine/tension headaches, chronic pain or insomnia.
C) With higher than normal magnitudes of Theta or Delta Waves, the person will likely experience attention and focus issues such as those associated with ADHD, cognitive decline, learning disorders, or symptoms related to concussion.
These are just a few examples of Brain Wave Dysregulation Syndrome. So, the more appropriate question when calling would be, “Do the symptoms associated with depression (or any other condition) fit the known pattern of any form of Brain Wave Dysregulation?”
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About the author: Greg Warden is the Executive Director of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah.