Just like learning to swim, or ride a bike, these skills remain for a lifetime, even if you don’t use them often. That’s because the brainwave pathways remain in place permanently.
So, You’ve Been Told Your Child May Have ADHD…
Attention-deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in America today. It’s not hard to see why, as the symptoms associated with the diagnosis (easily distracted, impulsive, lack of attention or focus, can’t sit still, anger issues) are very common in many other conditions. In fact, ADHD is highly comorbid with other conditions and with a host of academic achievement difficulties.
In reality, defining ADHD is not that simple. Generally, it cannot be diagnosed with a physical exam or a lab test, such as a blood test or simple scan, or observation alone. Instead, health professionals use an evaluation process to diagnose ADHD.
The Brain Wave Center has developed a new comprehensive assessment program to identify and/or to verify the potential for ADHD. This new platform combines standard tests and rating scales typically used to detect the presence of ADHD, but it adds electrophysiologic measures to validate the findings and identify other potential problems. The program includes: Clinical Review, Parent Questionnaire, Parent and Teacher Rating Scales, Psychometric Test Data, and Electro Physiologic Measures (qEEG or Brain Map.) A physical exam is also encouraged to rule out medical problems that can mimic ADHD symptoms, such as thyroid issues.
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the next step is to assist families to develop an intervention program. Interventions are in two categories, drug, and non-drug. Whether or not medication is used, research indicates that some combination of medical and non-medical interventions represent the best-practice approach to managing ADHD. Medication can reduce symptoms severity, while non-medical interventions teach new skills and new ways of managing life’s challenges. The Brain Wave Center is there to help find the best and most practical intervention modalities for each individual.
Whether you choose to work with The Brain Wave Center or not, when choosing a health care professional be sure to ask about their assessment procedures to be sure that they engage in a comprehensive ADHD evaluation process.
At the Brain Wave Center, our interventions include Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback, Psychotherapy, and more to help you rediscover your well–being. For more information or to schedule your free consult call 941-552-4500 or visit our website at www.BrainWaveCenters.com.
Natural Awakening Magazine: Healthy Body, Healthy Brain, Healthy Life
Summer Break is here! Many of you are getting ready for summer camps, vacations, and other healthy activities – to have some fun and recharge before the end of summer. But what are you doing for you and your family’s health? Short of exercise, relaxation, healthy eating, and activities – is there anything else?
The answer is Yes – Have you tried neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback can benefit everyone, guiding the brain to a more balanced emotional state and improve cognitive efficiency. Based on our own experience and recent studies, we now understand that Neurofeedback can help increase attention and working memory performance, reduce anxiety or depression, and help those with symptoms of ADHD. And much more. Other applications could include personal development, peak performance at work, improved athletic control, or inner awareness. Now could be the time to benefit from this drug-free, non-invasive, well-researched training program.
WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK?
Neurofeedback is a way to quantify and train brain activity. How it works is quite simple. Brain cells interact creating thoughts, sensations, actions, and emotions; detectable as brain waves. Neurofeedback specifically monitors brain waves, looks for irregularities, then produces a signal that is designed to correct and guide brain waves back into a healthy pattern. Over time, the brain will learn to stay in healthy ranges on its own.
We utilize neurofeedback programs customized to you, to overcome a variety of issues and experience long-lasting results. Neurofeedback focuses on building new neural pathways, strengthening the brain, rather than patching up symptoms.
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Neurofeedback can be effective on its own. However, continued research has shown that when it is combined with traditional therapies, exercise, proper nutrition, and good sleep, the outcomes are typically superior. Neurofeedback is not a quick fix, but it is an effective, drug-free, and natural approach to help improve mood, concentration, and overall functioning. If you have any questions, we always provide a free consultation before we begin.
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.
Tom Brady uses a digital product, which was designed to improve brain function for people who suffered severe conditions that impacted brain function, from noticeable memory loss to cognitive damage, not individuals who have healthy brains. The product allows assessment and training of cognitive skills and improvement of brain health and performance. You can think of it as being like a gym for the brain. However, the app is not all fund and games. It is science, developed, tested, perfected, and then validated by a worldwide team of brain scientists.
The team of brain scientists is led by a doctor who is credited with discovering lifelong plasticity, and with being the doctor first to harness plasticity for human benefit, and for pioneering the field of plasticity-based computerized brain exercise.
Does this raise questions regarding how do these brain exercises help him do his best on the field?
The answer is simple: If you think slow, your game suffers.
To put it simply: A faster brain can make all the difference in the world of sport.