Introducing Neurofeedback:A New Approach to Brain Health
While most medical specialties rely on measurable data to understand and treat symptoms, psychiatry has traditionally relied only on subjective reporting and observation to make diagnoses and treatment plans. Consequently, patient outcomes in this field can be disappointingly low – for instance, antidepressants have only a 40% success rate.
As The Washington Post reports, some mental health practitioners are changing the status quo by making use of qEEG – quantitative electroencephalogram – technology. By measuring a patient’s brainwaves in relation to normative data collected from hundreds of patients, the qEEG can help illuminate the biological mechanisms behind symptoms. What’s more, the qEEG offers patients the opportunity to “train” their brainwaves to more optimal levels through a process called neurofeedback.
Our office is offering this modality as of March 2018, and we are excited about its possibilities for supporting the brain’s capacity to heal.