As a physician who has been practicing psychiatry for well over 20 years, I am always trying to find alternative interventions that may replace, or be used in combination with, psychiatric medication treatment. I believe most people feel the same way I do. If I can achieve the result I’m looking for without using a pill, I want to know more. I am excited to tell you about a non-medication treatment modality that sparked my interest early in my career. The intervention is called Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback).
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment that encourages the brain to develop healthier patterns of activity. Before starting treatment, an EEG device is used to create a “brain map”. It measures how fast and how high & low brain your waves travel. When dysregulated brain waves in different areas are identified, it may indicate the presence of psychiatric symptoms related to conditions related to:
Once dysregulated areas are identified, specific “brain training” sessions are conducted that target those areas. These sessions can be done at the office or at home, with some special equipment. The goal of treatment is not only to change how you think and feel but also to change your brain activity on a biological level. This is a non-invasive, non-medication treatment to help our brain waves communicate and function properly.
There are numerous studies that support its clinical use. Some researchers have cautioned that the current evidence is insufficient to make conclusive claims; however, Stanford University, as well as other academic institutions, consider the evidence behind neurofeedback promising enough to start their own clinical trials. As the field advances, we should have more studies that help us better understand how neurofeedback improves brain function. Just like medications, not everyone will respond to the treatment, but I have seen the benefits it may provide.
Treatment will be conducted at Vero Beach Recovery Center, the company I co-founded, located a few doors down from my office. To read more about the treatment, please go to our partner site BrainCore. Soon, I’ll have more neurofeedback links on my website for you to check outreview. If you would like to get more information about whether neurofeedback may be an option for treatment, please call Vero Beach Recovery Center at (772) 584-3083 or CLICK HERE.
Dr. Theresa A. Prescott, FAPA
Medical Director │ Co-founder of Vero Beach Recovery Center
333 17th Street, Suite M
Vero Beach, Florida 32960
Off: (772) 584-3083 │ Fax: (772) 218-3003
To get started, we provide a comprehensive assessment allowing us to determine whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different from normal. Our Neurotherapy clinicians start by helping you get comfortable and placing electrodes on your scalp to obtain a real-time measurement of your brainwave activity using a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (Q-EEG)
During Neurofeedback therapy, your brain does the work without any effort on your part. You do not actively engage other than watching a movie or tv show and sometimes, just listening to sounds. Instead, the Q-EEG communicates with your brain directly and, based upon the brain wave patterns produced, can impact the viewing and/or listening quality of the media.
When your brainwave activity moves into a healthier state, the EEG rewards your brain with positive feedback. The feedback your brain wants is a normal view or volume of a movie. Your brain should begin to learn and acquire the skills necessary to achieve a pleasant viewing or listening experience. Over many treatment sessions, your brain consolidates these improvements for more long-term changes.