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At Alpha Hope the top Christian counselors Cumming GA has are caring professionals who seek to minister to the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the individual, couple or families who may be struggling with various problems. We’d love to share how our new Neurofeedback program can radically change your life.

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How does Neurofeedback training change your life?

It’s no secret! The brain influences and regulates every part of you and is the most powerful organ in the human body. Unhealthy patterns of brainwave activity can affect not only how well our brains perform but how we feel, how we respond to stress, our respond to illness and how quickly we “bounce back” from life’s stressful events. Exercising our brains using QEEG Neurofeedback helps to shape brainwave activity into healthier patterns. People find their symptoms decrease, their mood improves, and their ability to concentrate and sustain their focus, as well as their attention, improves. In short, when our brains function better, we function better.

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How Can Neurofeedback Help With Anxiety?

Anxiety results in an overactive brain. Individuals tend to worry or ruminate excessively and are hypervigilant. This causes increased brain activity that is chronic and results in excessive consumption of oxygen, glucose, and neurotransmitters as well as a host of nutrients. The effect of this appears in PET scans as well as topographic EEG brain maps. The heightened level of metabolic activity also results in higher levels of fast brain wave activity known as beta brainwave activity. We call this condition “brain too fast” in contrast to depression in which the brain is running too slow.

With neurofeedback, the goal is to train the brain to slow down and operate in a more optimal zone of functioning. As the brain practices being in this more efficient zone of operation it begins to grow networks that help it regulate itself better when it is not practicing in the clinic. Over time this new zone of operation becomes the default or normal zone of operation. The symptoms of anxiety progressively dissipate as the individual trains and the brain normalizes functions.

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How Can Neurofeedback Help With Depression?

Individuals who have been depressed for more than two weeks should seek help from a mental health professional right away, especially if any thought of suicide are involved. A psychotherapist will give you tests to diagnose the type of depression and refer you to a psychiatrist for medication. The medications will lift some of the depression and the psychotherapist can begin to work with you to re-organize your life in a way that it works for you.

In dealing with depression many neurofeedback therapists in Cumming place an electrode on the scalp over each side of the brain and train the individual to increase alpha brainwaves on the right side while reducing it on the left. As the left side of the brain becomes more active, individuals begin to feel more positive in their moods. The excess frontal alpha diminishes in magnitude over a period of training sessions and relief becomes continuous.

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How Can Neurofeedback Help With ADHD?

Neurofeedback is uniquely suited to addressing the neuronal dysregulation typically seen in the Frontal Lobes of the Brain. The most common pattern is a slowing of brainwave activity which is opposite of what is desirable when attention and concentration is required. This generally means the area is under-activated and is using less glucose and oxygen than it should. Although we all have difficulty attending to things that don’t excite us, for children and youth with ADHD even more slowing occurs. This results in significant interference with attention, short term memory and emotional evaluation. Some individuals will fall asleep or enter into a daydreaming state in 90 seconds if forced to attend a boring stimulus. The agitation they experience when forced to attend in class or complete homework is physically painful for them. When they do pay attention, it is like trying to follow a story or conversation on television or an electronic devise and someone else is changing the channel or controlling the screen.

Adults diagnosed with ADHD also experience similar difficulties because they don’t absorb important information and frequently make errors, like forgetting important deadlines or requests. This can have a profound impact on interpersonal relationships, job performance and quality of life.

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