Neurofeedback To Improve Mood And Behavior
Science has revealed a lot about the human brain in recent years. We know that the frontal lobes are the center of rational thinking and self-control. And we know that that neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals, are responsible for our moods and our general state of well-being. As a result, any damage or trauma to the frontal lobes CAN affect our impulses and behaviors. These discoveries open the door to speculation if we are really in control of our own emotions and behavior.
You've heard of the insanity defense or diminished capacity defense in trials. These argue that a person is not in full control of their behaviors due to a brain deficiency, and are either sent to mental institutions or given lesser sentences. These rulings basically say that that people who commit crimes do so because of the way their brain works.
In general, environmental behaviors are overwhelmingly used to explain behaviors, which is why each person is so unique and different. But do things that affect the brain play a big role? It is most likely that our behaviors result from a complex interplay between each of our genetic make-up, brain chemistry and functioning and the economic, social and psychological environments in which we grew up and live.
Fortunately, brain-based therapies like neurofeedback can work to correct both the brain related trauma and the impact of environmental factors on brainwaves. Neurofeedback is a computer-aided training method in which the patient’s own brain activity can be monitored and improved. And the neurotransmitters can be stimulated to make positive connections between neurons, which can improve mood and help regulate brain activity.
Neurofeedback has been shown to successfully help patients overcome a variety of neurological and behavioral disorders. The process is painless and easy. Small sensors are placed on the scalp while brainwaves are monitored. Brainwaves can then be subconsciously retrained while a patient watches a movie or listens to music. Best of all, results can be permanent.
If you know someone who has uncontrollable mood swings or behaviors, neurofeedback and other brain-based therapies are worth considering.
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