April is Autism Awareness Month. In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Those with ASD have to struggle through difficult symptoms just to function in everyday life. Neurofeedback has been shown to make significant improvements in symptoms of ASD. Neurofeedback identifies where the brain is having trouble processing information using EEG technology.
Mental health is essential to a person’s overall ability to function on a day to day basis. Many people suffer with mental health issues that can truly interfere with the person’s ability to live their life. As a person ages, memory is a common issue. If a person struggles with a mood disorder, doing even simply daily activities can seem as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. Those who suffer with anxiety tend to be held back from activities they would normally take part in, all due to the anxiety they feel. In each of these circumstances, the person doesn’t have the ability to independently function and complete tasks as efficiently as they truly could. Neurofeedback helps you gain back that independence so you can go about your day with ease knowing you will be able to accomplish all that you need to each day.
Bipolar disorder, once referred to as manic depression, is a mental disorder that affects about 3% of the population. Identified by episodes of unusually intense depressive moods countered by extremely elevated, amplified moods at equal intensity, bipolar disorder has one of the highest risks for suicide. Although the cause of bipolar disorder has not been completely identified, most doctors agree that bipolar likely stems from genetics in combination with environmental factors and/or is triggered by traumatic life events or experiences. Some people with bipolar begin experiencing symptoms in their childhood years, but most often, symptoms of bipolar appear during the late teen years, as at least half of bipolar cases begin before the age of 25.
When I first trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), I was so impressed with the effectiveness of the technique, I said, “Wow, now we have Penicillin!”, meaning, now we have a methodology as effective as Penicillin for psychotherapy. EMDR has been shown through research to facilitate the movement of memory from the areas of current memory to the areas of past memory in the brain. This is powerful because traumas, conclusions, and feelings reside in current memory and jump out, interfering with our functioning intermittently or on an ongoing basis. This can be improved or corrected.
April is Autism Awareness Month! Autism affects about 1 in 68 children, yet autism can be exceptionally difficult to classify as each case is very unique to the patient. Asperger syndrome, once known as a specific subtype of autism, is now classified as part of the single autism diagnosis by the recently published 2013 DSM-5 diagnostic manual.