Natural Awakening Magazine: Questions on Mental Health
1. How does neurofeedback specifically help in the treatment of depression and other mental health conditions?
Depression and other common mental health conditions such as anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD are accompanied by abnormal brain electrical activity. Just as the electrical activity of the heart can be determined by an EKG, brain electrical activity can be observed by qEEG brain mapping and used by neurofeedback equipment to train the brain back to more harmonious and healthy brain activity. As brain activity becomes more regulated and healthy, the symptoms of out-of-sync brain electrical activity – depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, etc. become reduced or eliminated.
2. Can you describe the Transmagnetic Cranial Stimulation modality, how it works, and how it’s can be used to treat depression as well?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a drug-free, painless, non-invasive treatment therapy that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate activity in neurons. There are several TMS medical devices cleared by the FDA for use in treating Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Migraine.
Specifically, what we use at the Brain Wave Center is Personalized repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (PrTMS.) This method of treatment was designed to offer a personalized, gentler, and more sophisticated approach. Unlike traditional TMS where all clients receive the same treatment therapy, PrTMS incorporates diagnostic assessments and a brain function analysis for a more personalized TMS treatment plan designed to provide optimal results.
Research suggests that PrTMS may be helpful for patients suffering from a variety of mental health conditions, and also for healthy individuals, such as athletes, who are interested in high-level human performance. It’s an outpatient therapy, and clients are able to drive themselves to and from appointments.
3. Can you talk more in-depth about the Diagnostic Testing and Therapy Clinic that The Brain Wave Center is launching, and how this will serve the community?
Launching our new Diagnostic Testing and Therapy Clinic is based on two separate needs expressed by both Charity Organizations we work with and our own client base.
The diagnostic part of the clinic evolved from requests from partners such as Easterseals and The Florida Center for Early Childhood regarding the backlog they have for children requiring assessments such as ADOS (spectrum disorder) and general attention deficient. They’ve cited a several-month waiting period, which is too long for many families trying to get help for their children. Since we already had two Doctors of Psychology working with us, it just made sense to help reduce the backlog and help more children and families get the care they need and deserve. Our team incorporates proven testing and assessment methods backed up by qEEG Brain Map analysis to accurately identify underlying issues and correctly identify appropriate therapies.
We are opening the therapy side of the clinic based on our own experience and peer-reviewed studies, that by merging advances in applied neuroscience, specifically, neurofeedback, with evidenced-based models of psychotherapy, we often see superior results. At The Brain Wave Center, we will offer psychotherapy services alone or in combination with neurofeedback training sessions.
Our goal is to achieve break-through results, we use proven traditional treatment approaches, combined with leading-edge technology to build an individualized treatment solution.
4. Why is it important to make mental health treatment interventions widely accessible to the public—especially in the midst of this global pandemic?
The stigma of mental health treatment has begun to fade and more & more people are becoming aware that it’s possible to live a happier and healthy life. At The Brain Wave Center, we are focused on assisting everyone in improving their emotional health and overcoming anxiety, depression, PTSD, and common mood disorders.