Specialties

EEG-Driven Simulation and ADD/ADHD

EEG-Driven Simulation uses gently flashing lights as the feedback signal, and has resulted in rather significant alleviation of attention-deficit and hyperactivity symptoms.

Specifically, EDS has reliably decreased:

  • irritability and explosiveness
  • distractibility to visual and auditory stimuli
  • blaming of others
  • attention problems
  • difficulty absorbing verbal and written material
  • sleeping problems at night
  • procrastination

EDS has reliably increased:

  • sense of physical self and boundaries
  • ease of taking in information
  • short-term memory
  • ability to finish what is started
  • ease of listening, comprehending, and conversing
  • ability to disengage from one task and move to another as priorities change

Areas of Specialty

  • ADD/ADHD
    • ADD/ADHD for Children and Adolescents
    • ADD/ADHD for Adults
  • Anxiety
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Closed Head Injury
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Parkinsons
  • PDD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stroke/Aphasia

These problems exist concurrently with EEG slowing, which consists of high amplitude, high variability, low frequency brain waves. EDS should been seen only as a reliable way, and a reasonably rapid way to reduce EEG slowing, and not as a treatment magically improving a wide variety of disorders — an outcome “too good to be true.” At this point, over 100 children, adolescents, and adults with ADD/ADHD have been worked with, with all finding significant relief from the above problems — often first seen after the completion of the program.

The system, in general, operates by monitoring the person’s brain waves, analyzing the EEG patterns, and using the ever-changing EEG patterns to continuously make the frequency of the flashing lights relevant to the person in treatment. Instead of evoking seizures, as many predicted, this has acted as an anticonvulsant, allowing people to safely reduce their medications. The results have been holding for the people finished five years ago, in fact, once they have started improving again, their improvements have continued to evolve.

Most of these people are light and sound sensitive. The first phase of the process desensitizes them to outside stimulation, at which time frontal EEG slowing is strongly decreased. The next phase involves systematic discovery and addressing of all other sites of EEG slowing on the scalp.

People sit in their chairs, eyes closed, and rest from 5 minutes to 20 minutes (on average). Daily sessions are most effective and reduces total numbers of sessions needed. Average numbers of sessions is 26, however the session duration varies considerably with the duration and complexity of the person’s problem(s). Participants must be able to sit quietly to maintain electrode contact.

Since EDS is a non-psychotherapeutic procedure, it is always important for the patients to have competent, adjunctive psychotherapeutic treatment and support at a level commensurate with the seriousness of their problems.

Depression and EDS

EEG-Driven Stimulation, is an advanced form of biofeedback. EDS uses gently flashing lights as the feedback signal, which has resulted in rather significant alleviations of a number of kinds of depression. Specifically, it has reliably improved:

  • reactive depression
  • manic-depressive cycles
  • lifelong serious depression
  • suicidal ideation and despondency
  • attentional problems
  • difficulty absorbing verbal and written material
  • low energy during the day
  • sleeping problems at night
  • problems initiating activities

These problems exist concurrently with EEG slowing, which consists of high amplitude, high variability, low frequency brain waves. EDS should be seen only as a reliable way, and a reasonably rapid way to reduce EEG slowing, and not as a treatment magically improving a wide variety of disorders – an outcome “too good to be true.” At this point, hundreds of depressed clients have been worked with, with all showing significant relief from the above problems.

The system, in general, operates by monitoring the person’s brain waves, analyzing the EEG patterns, and using the ever-changing EEG patterns to continuously make the frequency of the flashing lights relevant to the person in treatment. Instead of evoking seizures, as many predicted, this has acted as an anticonvulsant, allowing people to safely reduce their medications. The results have been holding for the people finished ten years ago, in fact, once they have started improving again, their improvements have continued to evolve.

Most of these people are light sensitive. The first phase of the treatment desensitizes them to the light stimulation, at which time frontal EEG slowing is strongly decreased. The next phase of treatment involves systematic discovery and treatment of all other sites of EEG slowing on the scalp.

There is no conscious learning or practicing involved. People sit in a chair, eyes closed, and rest from 5 minutes, to 40 minutes on average. Average numbers of treatments is 20 to 24, however the treatment duration varies considerably with the duration and complexity of the person’s problem(s).

Those who have been high functioning, but have been enduring difficult work or personal losses with reactive depression typically need twelve or twenty sessions. People who have had lifelong multiple and complex functioning problems may easily need 100 sessions.

Since EDS is a non-psychotherapeutic procedure, it is always important for the patients to have competent, adjunctive psychotherapeutic treatment and support at a level commensurate with the seriousness of any behavioral problems.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Neurotherapy uses brain wave analysis to teach a person how his/her brain and nervous system hold trauma, both physical and emotional. When a person is injured on the job with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, neurovascular entrapment of the upper quadrant, or other similar diagnoses, he/she is most likely to suffer pain as well as confusion about what this means in his/her life and career. Neurotherapy, when done with advanced technology including photostimulation-driven EEG feedback, reduces pain an eliminates numbing and tingling in the affected areas. Insomnia is immediately eliminated giving the person the advantage of a good night’s sleep. Depression, when associated with injury, is a neurochemical reaction in the brain which is quickly remediated with this therapy. Pain management then can be much more successful as a person learns how to focus in and listen carefully to his/her body and nervous system. Listening and feeling early, before causing flare ups and further injury, is one of the many techniques we teach through brain wave training. This training is the next protocol used after reduction of symptoms and anxiety in the patient. The Center for Advanced NeuroTherapy uses the most advanced technology available in the world today.

Recent brain research at UCLA and the National Institute of Mental Health finds that the brain interprets and translates complex changes in the environment and the physical body and then determines when to turn on the “emergency response”. This is a well programmed evolutionary survival mechanism. This emergency message to the brain and nervous system increases heart rate, blood pressure, stress hormone production such as cortisol and adrenalin, and a “fight-flight” response. The problem is that evolution has not progressed to the point that we can undo this reaction easily, and particularly if the stress is long term and chronic. The brain wave pattern we find in all clients we have worked with who have delayed recovery and difficulty healing is this exact pattern. The brain wave pattern shows a dominance of high delta and theta slow wave activity associated with tension, irritability, anxiety, depression, and chronic stress on the nervous system. Try as a person may, this does not go away with talk therapy, physical therapy, surgery (which often increases the problems), or even medications. Medication side effects are well documented, causing drowsiness, fuzzy thinking, nausea, and often uncomfortable effects. The very advanced technology of Neurotherapy completely unlocks this “emergency response” and gives the patient relief and reversal of symptoms. There is extensive research available documenting the many results in both University research and clinical application of NeuroTherapy.

A person cannot consciously WILL tension, stress, and pain out of his/her body, but one can learn how to change mind states so that the natural ability to modulate and literally heal neurological dysfunction is not only possible but predictable.

We hope that our contribution to our patients and their employers allows both to handle the difficult and often painful process of recovery to be one of hope and success.

*By Carolyn Robertson,
M.A., M.S., CEAP, BCIA EEG Certified #1408