Attention Deficit Disorder / ‘Attention Directive Difficulty’

Why neurofeedback would help this problem: Children with attention problems have very specific physiological problems, which can be seen in their brain wave patterns. For example, hyperkinetic kids with concentration problems produce too much Theta waveforms (4-8 Hz) and too little Beta waveforms in some parts of the brain. SMR (sensorimotor rhythm) EEG 12 – 15 Hz is increased with inhibited movement.

Children who are successfully trained to increase SMR show decreased activity levels. Successful neurofeedback training to decrease Theta while increasing Beta results in increased attention span and increased ability to learn math.

ADULTS WITH ADD generally have different brainwave patterns than children have due to brain maturation. The training is the same.

A qEEG Brain Map identifies the parts of the brain generating the abnormal proportions of brainwaves that can be taught to function normally through neurofeedback by teaching the brain to produce the correct (normal) proportions of brainwaves. Theoretically, the more normal the brainwaves are, the more normal the person should behave. Thus, the training’s success is proportional to how well the person learns to normalize his or her brainwaves.

Sensors are pasted onto the scalp over the parts of the individual’s brain/scalp, which are to be trained. The sensors are connected to a computer, which runs a special training program. The training may take 30 to 50 or more sessions for effects to be apparent and lasting.

Health Psychology can identify 6 different types of ADHD by using the 19 channel qEEG Brain Map and can differentiate from many problems that appear to be but are not, classic ADD/ADHD.


Why biofeedback would help this problem: Tension headaches are usually caused by muscles in the neck, shoulders, jaws and other facial structures being kept too tense for too long. These muscles may become too tense because some people can not recognize the actual level of tension in painful muscles, because of postural problems while working, over-reaction by the muscles to stress, poor habits, etc. Psychophysiological assessments can identify which muscles are not functioning correctly and what circumstances lead to the incorrect patterns of tension. Biofeedback of muscle tension is used to train people to recognize actual levels of tension and to correct these levels in conjunction with relaxation training. Temperature biofeedback for migraine headaches work through a similar chain of logic. Neurofeedback is often helpful to treat headaches by retraining the too busy, disorganized brain.

Seizures, Tic’s, Epilepsy

Why neurofeedback would help this problem: People who have seizures and similar movement disorders produce abnormal brainwaves and too little of other brainwaves. If these people are shown the amount of normal and abnormal waves they are producing and taught to increase the amount of normal ones, seizure activity generally decreases significantly.

Read the original work of Dr. M. Barry Sterman at UCLA and NASA on seizures.
Spotlight on Dr. Sterman