Irregularities in your brain function cause many mental health conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and insomnia. At Tri-MED Behavioral & Sleep Medicine in Sherman and Frisco, Texas, Oluyemi Aina, MD, uses neurofeedback to assess your brain activity and retrain your brain to work harmoniously. Neurofeedback helps regulate your symptoms and improve your overall functionality and health. Call Tri-MED Behavioral & Sleep Medicine or schedule a consultation online today to discover how neurofeedback can help you.
Neurofeedback is a natural, drug-free treatment that helps you to self-regulate your brain activity to control your emotional and behavioral responses. It is a specific type of biofeedback that monitors your brain activity and provides positive reinforcement to encourage healthy brain function. With practice, you learn to recognize your emotional reactions and self-adjust. You develop the skills needed to control your thoughts and emotions instead of being overrun by them.
During a neurofeedback session, Dr. Aina places electrodes on your head that are connected to a computer that monitors your brain activity. Your treatment begins with an assessment of your brain activity that shows Dr. Aina any abnormal or dysfunctional brainwaves linked to depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders. The region of your brain where activity is unusual determines the symptoms that you experience.
Once your brain activity is assessed, and your normal and abnormal brainwaves are identified, you start the process of using audio and visual positive reinforcement to encourage healthy brain activity.
For example, you wear the electrodes that monitor your brain activity. When your brainwaves are normal, you are rewarded with positive images or sounds. However, if you start to feel anxious or depressed, your brainwaves change, and the positive reinforcement fades away. You learn to shift your mood — which is regulated by your brain activity — to get more of the reward.
This process takes time and practice but, eventually, you learn to recognize the early signs of your anxiety or other mental health symptoms and change your emotional reactions, reducing your symptoms.
Dr. Aina uses neurofeedback to help patients with a variety of mental health conditions, including:
Dr. Aina often uses neurofeedback as part of a comprehensive treatment plan designed to improve your overall health and wellness as well as reduce your mental health symptoms.
Neurofeedback is a natural approach to managing some mental health conditions. It helps you learn to regulate your emotions and behaviors without having to rely on medication. You develop some of the tools needed to improve your health and wellness for long-lasting benefits.
If you want to know more about neurofeedback and find out if it’s right for you, call Tri-MED Behavioral & Sleep Medicine or schedule a consultation online today.