Did you know that computer, phone, tablet, and TV screens can have an impact on how your child develops, both physically and relationally? One of the scariest things I've seen lately are toddlers and young children, some times even infants, with their eyes glued to a device screen. This isn't just during entertainment time, like when Mom and Dad are watching the news and it's BORING. I'm talking about at a table in a restaurant, sitting in the grocery basket at the superma
Neurofeedback is an interesting field, because it is not just one technique done a standard way across all clinicians and therapists. The field has changed over time, adding new understanding of how the brain works, and how it "should" work. In keeping with new scientific knowledge, new techniques and protocols have been added. In our office, we have the ability to train in many of these techniques, and we use some of the most up to date software and hardware in the indust
By Dr. Allen Novian on October 9, 2013 Upon attending the 2013 ISNR (International Society of Neuronal Regulation) Conference in Dallas, TX, we began looking for new methods for working with complex cases. We have been watching the development of a neurofeedback protocol type called LORETA neurofeedback, which combines the technology of a full quantitative EEG (19 sensors are used to collect a full picture of the electrical activity of the brain) with moment-by-moment feedba
By Dr. Allen Novian In this TED Talk by Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), he discusses the need to redefine “mental health disorders” and “behavioral disorders” by acknowledging their source: they are brain disorders. It is a wonderful thing to see the greater mental health field embracing the idea that behavioral disorders show up first in the brain, and then in the behavior. In the talk, he discusses early detection and intervent
By Dr. Allen Novian Recently, I have had several clients, current and perspective, ask a lot of questions about the state of mind that athletes refer to as “the Zone” or “Focus and Flow.” This is the state that we are trying to achieve with neurofeedback, meditation, and practice, but it means more than that. To me, “flow” is a state in which your conscious mind, or superego, stops telling you why you can’t do something and lets the rest of your mind and body get it done.
By Dr. Allen Novian When parents bring their kids in for ADD testing, they are often surprised to find that many of the problems their children have are actually reflected in their own lives as well. Did you know that ADD has a genetic component? It does, and it always amazes me to see how many parents can benefit from testing and therapy along with their kids. If you are beginning to find fault with your children because they are disorganized, unfocused, or fail to follow
By Dr. Allen Novian Zukor's Grind- a new feedback game for clinicians to use with their clients! In addition to running our clinical practice and preparing to write up some case studies, Dr. Novian and his wife, Kate, have been working with a specialized game development company called Zukor Interactive. Zukor Interactive has been working with us for the past 2 years in order to develop new feedback options for the neurofeedback field. The first of these options came out la
By Dr. Allen Novian What if you knew what was going on behind that perfect haircut? Sometimes, it seems as if there is nothing but air, other times, it feels like the gears are turning so fast that you can’t shut them off! Well, we can actually take a look and see what your brain is doing, without even opening up the skull. We look at the brain’s activity electrically… yes, I said electrically. Did you know that your brain works off of electricity, just like computers and
This is a very informative, well done video about Neurofeedback services, like those that I provide in my clinic. The video is done by some of the leaders in my field, and it does an excellent job of discussing Neurofeedback therapy.If you have any questions about Neurofeedback, or if you are interested in seeing if and how it might help you or your children, please give me a call. #add #adhd #anxiety #brain #brainwaves #neurofeedback #neuroscience #ocd #panic #peakperformanc
By Dr. Allen Novian There are always reasons to take a new direction in life, whether it be the clothes you wear, the job you do, the treatment choices you make, or the relationship you are in. Looking outside the box can be scary and more than a little nerve wracking, but sometimes, it is the best choice.In relationships, there comes a time when a change is needed by one or both people. The question then, becomes, “Do we change together, or separately?” Often, when trust has
By Dr. Allen Novian As I have been trying to correct some minor formatting issues with my ADD/ADHD article which was posted in December, I decided to repost it as an article, as opposed to a series of blogs. This way, the graphics will be displayed. This article gives you information about Attention Deficit Disorder with and without the Hyperactive component. Attention Deficit Disorder Attention Deficit Disorder is a complex condition that is often misunderstood at the presen
By Dr. Novian People often ask me how Neurofeedback works. It’s a simple concept that, what “fires” together “wires” together in our brain. In other words what experiences and reactions we have to daily life create connections in the brain. The neurons that fire at the same time connect (or wire) with each other. This is a powerful idea and one that can change your life when you begin to implement it daily.
How does it happen? Well, the brain does not judge whether something
Why neurofeedback? Brainwaves may seem impossible to understand, let alone change, but the fact is that our brainwaves are the basis of our physical, emotional, and psychological stability. Depending on your mental health issues, there are times when a change in brainwave activity, whether in frequency (speed) or amplitude (size), can have a significant impact on your ability to function on a daily basis.
Most doctors and mental health professionals rely on medication to tre