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Epilepsy: Epilepsy Treatment Options
Epilepsy: Epilepsy Treatment Options
Traditional Treatment Options:
There are a myriad of medications available as treatment options for epilepsy, many of which have numerous side effects. Your physician would be the resource for more information about this option. Medication treats the symptoms, but does not address the true cause of the disorder. Effects are typically short-term; thus, this type of treatment is often on-going, with mixed results. Many of our clients are looking for a treatment plan without medication or with reducing the amount of medication they take. We will work with your doctor in reducing or eliminating medications.
When performed alone or practiced in conjunction with medication intervention, counseling and psychotherapy is a popular and well-known epilepsy treatment. However, this form of intervention may become a long-term and expensive endeavor, often spanning many years, with widely varying results.
Dallas Brain Changers Treatment Option:
When an integrated Holistic Medicine approach is utilized, involving Neurofeedback, Nutrition Counseling, Biofeedback, and Counseling interventions, results are achieved exponentially, often within a few months, and are proven to be more effective and long-lasting.
Neurofeedback Epilepsy Treatment:
*Neurofeedback is an effective, non-drug, non-invasive treatment option that has been proven to permanently reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with many disorders, including epilepsy. It is a technique of operant conditioning which directly changes brain function. Neurofeedback dramatically affects arousal regulation. In so doing, this ‘brain training’ can normalize the propensity to high or low arousal as seen in the qEEG or Brain Map of those with epilepsy. Furthermore, neurofeedback directly acts on specific brain activity known to be altered in epilepsy. Neurofeedback is an option for those seeking treatment without or with reduced medication.
EEG operant conditioning in intractable epileptics
Lubar JF, Shabsin HS, Natelson SE, Holder GS, Whitsett SF, Pamplin WE, Krulikowski DI.
Eight epileptic patients with mixed seizures refractory to medical control participated in a double-blind crossover study to determine the effectiveness of operant conditioning of the EEG as an anticonvulsant procedure. Baseline levels of seizures were recorded for four months prior to the beginning of treatment. Participants then received false (noncontingent) feedback for two months followed by an ABA-patterned training program lasting a total of ten months. Subjects were assigned to three treatment groups based on different schedules of EEG feedback. They were first trained (A1 phase) either to suppress slow activity (3 to 8 Hz), to enhance 12- to 15-Hz activity, or to simultaneously suppress 3- to 8-Hz and enhance 11- to 19-Hz activity. This was followed by a B phase, in which patients were trained to enhance slow activity (3 to 8 Hz). In the final phase (A2), the initial training contingencies were reinstated. Neuropsychological tests were performed before and after training, and changes in EEG activity as determined by Fast Fourier spectral analyses were analyzed. Five of eight patients experienced a decrease in their mean monthly seizure rate at the completion of feedback training as compared with their initial baseline level.
Other research articles involving the efficacy of Neurofeedback with Epilepsy
*Interested clients are advised to make an informed choice regarding Neurofeedback therapists, since there are several treatment options available. It is advised to look for a provider who is board certified by BCIA and a member of AAPB.
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