Common Myths About Neurofeedback

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Common Myths About Neurofeedback

As neurofeedback has only recently begun entering the mainstream medical field, there are some widely held misconceptions about brain training. Many of these beliefs are due to the fact that most people are simply unfamiliar with neurofeedback in general. Below you’ll find the truth behind three brain training myths.

Myth 1 – Neurofeedback is used to treat specific disorders.

Many people view brain training as a form of medical intervention, meant for treating disorders including ADHD, depression, or insomnia. This isn’t the case. What makes neurofeedback so effective is that instead of treating symptoms or individual conditions, it improves the way the brain functions as a whole. By optimizing their thought patterns, every aspect of an individual’s life can be improved.

Myth 2 – Neurofeedback involves “shocking” or otherwise invasively manipulating a person’s brainwaves.

The device used to facilitate brain training only monitors and analyzes your brainwaves, looking for turbulent patterns of thought. When the brain is identified as entering into a detrimental state of mind, the only cue it receives is through an auditory, or heard, signal. The brain uses this information to naturally self-correct on its own. Neurofeedback simply gives your brain the tools to fix itself.

Myth 3 – Neurofeedback causes changes in personality.

Those who have gone through a long-term struggle with anxiety, depression or ADHD often view their conditions as part of their identity. This is often reinforced by popular culture, where stereotypes such as the tortured artist or the brilliant-but-unmotivated student abound. If these problems are viewed as a part of someone’s personality, anything that removes them can be wrongfully seen as changing who they are, whether it’s medication, therapy, or brain training.

However, these positive changes allows people to rediscover who they truly are outside of their personal issues. Neurofeedback doesn’t alter anyone’s personality – it gives them the opportunity to rediscover it outside of their fears, worries and obstacles. This kind of personal growth is one of the biggest benefits of brain training.

Now that you know all the facts about neurofeedback, continue on to the next section to learn what happens during a typical brain-training session.

 

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