Brain Training

Brain Training Among Best Natural Remedies for Migraines Says Psychologist

IMG_1230-1x1-optimizedMigraines are more than just a headache — they are a global health issue. 30 million people are directly affected and migraines cost employers $13 billion every year in lost worker productivity. That’s more than diabetes and asthma combined. For many sufferers, attacks are completely debilitating and can last as long as 72 hours.

Unfortunately, the Migraine Research Foundation estimates that the majority of migrainers never seek medical treatment. That may be because the medications involved can cause side-effects worse then the original migraine. That leaves natural remedies for migraines – like neurofeedback.  Dr. Sue Brown is among those people (women are 3 times more susceptible to the condition) who has lived with severe migraines all her life. Fortunately, she’s also an inventor and brain training expert. Brown didn’t co-found NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback specifically to address her migraine symptoms, but employing her own neurofeedback system for that purpose has transformed her life.

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5 Ways Brain Training Is Like Spring Cleaning For Your Mind

No-not-my-brains-ImgurYou’ve been avoiding it, but desperately need it. You don’t have time for it, but somehow, it HAS to get done. Spring cleaning. It’s time.

Spring cleaning is one those traditions that defies common sense. It’s as if someone said: “Wow; it’s warm; the snow’s melted, flowers are blooming! Let’s spend this weekend inside and move my dusty CD’s down to the basement!”

Spring cleaning is the ultimate ode to the puritan work ethic of joyless tasks. But for those of us who profoundly neglect our cleaning duties the other 11 months of the year, there’s no getting around it.

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Neurofeedback System Gets To The Heart Of Well-Being

broken-heart-syndromeLove kills. Science confirms this is actually true.

It’s strange and ironic that February – the month of Valentine’s Day – is also Heart Health month. Intentions on Valentine’s Day are very positive: it’s our yearly reminder to reaffirm our commitment and appreciation for those we love. But in reality, Valentine’s can create serious emotional – even physical – complications.  For one thing, expectation on the day is overwhelming – it’s the Christmas of relationships.

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Forget the “New” You; Discover the Best You This New Year

Photo-Jan-01-12-00-59-AM-1024x1024“Resolution” has got to be one of the most loaded words in the English language. It represents both hope AND falling short of expectations. Most resolutions cluster around improved health (38%) and self-improvement (47%). Yet, strangely the pledge we make at the beginning of the year to improve our happiness actually ends up making us more miserable. As it is, only 8% of resolutions are actually realized.

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Neurofeedback: A Study Solution For Good

neurofeedbackRita only wanted a better tennis game, but she had trouble with low blood pressure and needed a little pep. “Honey,” she said to her chemist husband, “help?”

The result? Rita-line. Ritalin.

Adderall is amphetamine salts—like Ritalin, a stimulant. Doctors originally prescribed it for obesity, but quickly recognized its off-label calming effect, its focusing effect, on people diagnosed with ADHD.

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No One is an Island: Brain Training and Family Systems

neurofeedback-and-family-systemsWe’ve always known that life is a system, that humans live in social systems.

Greeks personified bits of human personality, then used relationships between those bits as a way of understanding behavior. Why there were heroes and villains. Why some people were just regular guys, unmotivated by mythic forces.

Medieval thinkers imagined a psychomachia, little people embodying virtues and vices, who battled literally, inside a person’s body.

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Neurofeedback for Autism: Brain Training Perspectives from Dr. Lise DeLong

neurofeedback-for-autismDr. Lise Delong is a Neuroptimal trainer based in Walnut Creek, California who has done ground-breaking research using neurofeeback for autism. As it stands, neurofeedback is one of the few effective natural remedies for ADHD and autism.

Founder and Director of Cognitive Connections, she uses neurofeedback as a primary tool to help children struggling with ADD, ADHD, autism, Central Processing Disorder and other challenging neurological disorders. NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback sat down with Dr. DeLong recently to discuss the recent unsettling CDC study that noted a significant increase of children diagnosed with autism in the United States. We wondered if brain training with neurofeedback could have a positive impact on this growing segment of our population.

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Avoid Resolution Epic Fail with Brain Training in 2014

brain trainingOptimism. It’s a holiday tradition. Sure, we took our knocks the previous year.  OK -mea culpa – we made some missteps in the previous twelve months. But now, 2014 is in our sites and burns bright with possibilities. We’ve come to approach this annual calendar page-turning as an opportunity for human revolution in the midst of overcoming our (literal and figurative) hangover from the previous year.

But According to a University of Scranton study, only 39% of New Year’s resolutions are successful. If you’re over 50, that number drops to 14%!  While optimism is good for your health; Unrealized Resolution Syndrome is not. The temptation to think we can reinvent the fundamentals of who we are is understandably human, but not particularly realistic.

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Remembering Veterans Means Understanding PTSD

neurofeedback-and-ptsdIt used to be called shell shock, a form of it anyway. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Back in the day, some people took it seriously. But sometimes they wrote you off, said, “it’s all in your mind,” gave you a stiff drink, recommended long rambles in the country. Well, PTSD is in your mind, but you can’t just get over it by wandering. We know better now how PTSD affects you, how it re-tunes the brain. The thousand-yard stare, the flashbacks and waking dreams.

The way it disconnects “then” from “now” so that everything becomes now. No longer in danger, the veteran responds as if danger’s everywhere because it once was. It’s a brain adaptation. Good for one context, not so hot for another.

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