NEUROFEEDBACK AT THE DELRAY CENTER FOR BRAIN SCIENCE
For years, the Delray Center for Brian Science has been a leader in employing the latest technologies available to combat mental illness. Recognizing that our most complex patients needed more than just medication and talk therapy, our founder and medical director, Raul J. Rodriguez, MD, DABPN, DABAM, MRO founded DCBS in 2017 to offer cutting-edge brain science services to the South Florida population. One of the latest additions to our brian science center is neurofeedback therapy, often referred to as neurofeedback for short. Neurofeedback is an exciting cognitive treatment, that teaches emotional self-regulation using real-time information captured by diagnostic medical equipment. Results that would normally require years or psychotherapy can be achieved in a short amount of time, thanks to this specialized form of therapy.
WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK?
Neurofeedback is a variation of biofeedback that focuses on reading and manipulating brain waves with the use of an electroencephalogram (EEG). In Biofeedback, skin temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and other physiologic functions are monitored by state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. Exercises are performed to help patients increase self-control over biological processes within the body, which normally occur involuntarily. This increase in control is achieved through associative learning and relaxation techniques. Biofeedback involves the use of a computerized monitoring device to collect data, in order to provide an accurate diagnosis and guide proper brain function correction.
Neurofeedback, a specialized version of biofeedback, specifically uses an EEG (electroencephalogram) to read brainwaves. The different types of brainwaves can be analyzed and attributed to specific areas of the brain that are disordered. Other variables, such as wave amplitude, and whether the brain waves are working harmoniously together (regulated) or not (dysregulated) are also detected. Dysregulation is indicative of inefficient and suboptimal brain performance, a common problem connected to many mental health disorders. The degree and specific locations of dysregulation can be discovered through brain mapping with a Quantatitive EEG (QEEG). Our brain science experts at the Delray Center review individual brain functions, to determine corrective measures aimed at diminishing dysregulation and significantly improving brain performance.
WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK USED FOR?
Neurofeedback is an effective therapy for a number of mental health problems, and is especially effective when used as a complimentary therapy, done in conjunction with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), ketamine infusion therapy, psychiatry and medication management. Some of the conditions we treat at the Delray Center using neurofeedback include:
• Major depressive disorder (MDD)
• Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
• Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Bipolar disorder
• Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
• Panic attacks
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Addiction & substance use disorder
• Attention deficit & hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
In addition, neurofeedback is a useful tool for those not suffering from mental health issues, but who are looking to reduce stress and boost mental performance. The Delray Center combines neurofeedback with TMS therapy as part of our cognitive neuro-enhancement program. This program is meant for individuals in strenuous professions, such as CEOs, executives, doctors and lawyers, who rely on continual mental sharpness.