Who is Brian?

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(This is the first part of a three-blog post examining Brian and his family’s journey with neurofeedback.)

Who is Brian and why might you be interested in this story? Below is a real story that happened to a family with their child. That child’s name was Brian. Brian had multiple challenges, some of them severe. Everyday all over the world many parents experience a journey similar to Brian and his family. See if you can relate to some of what Brian’s family went through. Does any of it resonate with you or sound familiar?

Imagine if you will that you’ve got a child that seems a bit ‘different.’ Perhaps the child has their own way of doing things. They may be having problems in school, at home, or with their peers. They may be giving you a hard time, acting-out, are angry, or possibly even get physically aggressive.

You’ve tried everything you know to better your child’s situation but are at a loss. Your well-meaning friends have been of little help as their children are ‘normal.’ You are crest-fallen. You wonder, why did this happen to us? Out of desperation you seek professional help for your child’s problems.

In one of your numerous appointments with numerous child professionals, things go terribly bad. One of the professionals mistakenly points the finger at you. The implication is that your parenting is responsible for the child’s behavior. You are devastated by the allegation. You are even more devastated that professional help is not improving the situation with your child.

Brian’s story typifies an experience that far too many families face. In Brian’s case, his parents were able to find relief for his symptoms with neurofeedback. Brian’s behavioral issues for the most part went away with his neurofeedback training and he got a more ‘normal’ life. His family finally found the relief they sought. Next month we will explore in detail Brian’s challenges.

Jacob Murdock, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern 99642

Reference: Othmer, S. (2013). Brian’s Legacy. Woodland Hills, CA: EEG Info.                                               Photo Credit: S. and S. Othmer

 

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Concussions in Children & Teens

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Concussions have been an ongoing problem with pro sports such as the NFL. With Superbowl 50 coming up, this is an ideal time to discuss concussions that occur with kids. For many years there has been more talk, tests, lawsuits, and more regarding concussions in the NFL and there's even a major motion picture called Concussion with Will Smith.

Unfortunately these occur more frequently than we would prefer. This PBS article from 2014 shows the number of concussions per position in the NFL. 

For the frequency of concussions and long-term damage caused by concussions, there are surprisingly limited treatments for this kind of brain injury. Treatments typically include pain relievers and medications to help with nausea, vertigo, and depression. Neurofeedback is the only brain rehabilitation that helps to stabilize and regulate brain functions for brain injuries, including TBI and mTBI. 

Concussions also occur in children and teens. Recent research suggests that children should not play contact sports until high school due to their significant increase in prolonged post-concussion symptoms in young athletes. Charles Barkley, former NBA player, also encourages parents not to let their children play football. While it may not be realistic to discontinue all childhood contact sports, it may be reasonable to obtain neurofeedback treatments for your child during his sport season. Siegfried Othmer reports this is risk management for childhood sports, just like obtaining insurance for health, auto, and life incidents. 

Neurofeedback is brain training and helps the brain to learn how to stabilize and regulate itself in order to function optimally. Concussion treatments are meant to decrease or manage symptoms, but neurofeedback treats the damage caused by the concussion. Siegfried Othmer, PhD explains how neurofeedback is the recommended treatment for concussions.

Contact us at San Diego Center for Neurofeedback, APPC with any questions about Neurofeedback or Neurofeedback treatments.