EEG Neurofeedback Overview

Recently, I was asked to contribute to a chapter on EEG Neurofeedback for a text on Psychiatry and Alternative Medicine to be published by the American Psychiatric Association Press.  Since I had promised in my last blog to write more about EEG feedback, I have decided to post the chapter contribution here. NEUROFEEDBACK IN A PSYCHIATRIC PRACTICE […]

Psychiatry Keeps Moving–New Science, New Thinking

Some recent readings I have come across…demonstrate that conceptual changes are always on the horizon. Two new areas of thinking about depression are emerging from basic and clinical research on brain inflammation and ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist. To my mind, the most revolutionary change concerns brain inflammation and depression. A different direction in biological psychiatry and depression comes from the numerous recent studies pointing to Ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effect.

Autism Severity Correlates with Sensory Processing

New research uses EEG information, specifically “evoked potential” methods, to make even firmer the connection between severity of autism (ASD) and problems in sensory processing.  The American Psychiatric Association put out a bulletin recently discussing the research of Sophie Molholm PhD and colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  They studied 43 children with ASD […]

Biofeedback, Head Trauma, and Neuroplasticity

Four topics for today’s post, links to two videos, report of ground breaking research on neuroplasticity and EEG biofeedback,  and a note on the limits of ADHD stimulant medication.  The sources are far-flung, but they have in common support for the widely misunderstood value of Neurofeedback. First, I am posting a link to a video […]

Direct Stimulation Validated for Major Depression

Direct electrical stimulation of the brain is not biofeedback or neurofeedback, but there is a safe  and minimal form we have been using at EEGym® for a couple of years: direct transcranial stimulation, tDCS.  A study out this week in the Archives of General Psychiatry Online reported by the American Psychiatric Association seems to point […]

4 new studies: EFAs May Protect Against Dementia Too

The American Psychiatric Association has called attention to two very recently published articles that extend the growing literature on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.  One article, to be published in the prestigious journal Neurology (presently on-line), is a well-controlled comparison of various nutritional supplements as protection against the accumulation of dementia-associated complex proteins. Another, […]

Fish Oils:The Skinny on Fatty Acids and Brain Health

In this communication, I will focus mainly on the all-important Essential Fatty Acids, and particularly on Fish Oil, an Omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acid, known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA). EFAs are well-established contributors to cardio-vascular health and protectors against sudden cardiac death. Here, I will focus on EFAs and brain health. And mental health.