Archive for the ‘Neurofeedback’ Category

The Domestication of Neurofeedback

Friday, September 28th, 2018

At the fall meeting of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society (NRBS), Roger deBeus will report on the status of a ‘multi-site double-blind randomized clinical trial of neurofeedback for ADHD,’ a study that was actually funded by the NIH. We look forward to seeing the results. The study involves quite a cast of characters: Eugene Arnold, psychiatrist and authority on ADHD who has been in emeritus status for years already at Ohio State University; Keith Conners, author of the Conners CPT and one of the original critics who hounded Dan Chartier early on for doing neurofeedback; Larry Hirshberg, who tried to use our old protocols in a study of PTSD; Vince Monastra, who undertook the largest-ever study of NF for ADHD; Joel Lubar, and of course Roger deBeus, who conducted an earlier attempt at a blinded study (one that is not fondly remembered).


“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

This little gem of a documentary is worming its way into the hearts of people in Hollywood with the impetus of an Academy Award nomination in the category of short documentaries. It has superb competition, but that’s all to the good. Some hard-hitting stories are being told this year.


The Scrambling of the Brain Waves

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

One of the gems in Bill Walton’s repertoire as basketball commentator was to refer to a defender as “scrambling the brainwaves” of his opponent, trying to throw him off his game for an instant by engaging his emotional self. The scrambling, if it occurred at all, would be brief and leave no lingering trace. No harm done. More persistent forms of ‘scrambling of the brainwaves’ is slowly entering the conversation in mental health and even in medicine in general.


Vertigo—A personal story

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

I began experiencing vestibular migraines over 30 years ago. My symptoms included bilateral hearing loss, tinnitus, and vertigo. This vertigo can be experienced by riding the Tea Cups at Disneyland or a Tilt-A-Whirl ride at the amusement park, by repeatedly spinning until you are so dizzy that standing up or walking a straight line is impossible.


On Suffering

Friday, April 6th, 2018

One of the concerns of Medicine is the relief of suffering. The opiate crisis is evidence that we are not doing very well. That should not have come as a surprise. Let us consider the challenge that confronts us in its principal manifestations: The most severe suffering endured by man is surely that inflicted through torture. The essence of torture is the use of the body systems — mainly the pain system — against the self. Similarly, in psychological torture the mental faculties are redirected toward the progressive disintegration of the self.


A Neurofeedback Case Report

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Resolution of Attention Deficit, Impulsivity, and Anxiety in a 22-year-old male, using Infra-Low Frequency Neurofeedback By Priscilla Young

August 1, 2017

A mother brought her 22-year-old son M_ to me for neurofeedback, on the recommendation of a friend whose son I had also worked with. She reported that M_ had been identified as having ADD since elementary school, when he had taken medication for it. He had not been happy while on the medication, and did not eat well when taking it. In high school, he stopped taking it entirely. He had panic attacks in high school that responded positively to hypnotherapy. He had a concussion in the spring of his junior year. The panic attacks occurred during wrestling and predated the concussion. Fear-based anxiety was identified as a concern.



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