San Diego Neurofeedback Therapy for Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a serious, debilitating disorder that impacts an individual’s ability to distinguish reality from fantasy. It can produce symptoms such as faulty perceptions, withdrawal from personal relationships and reality, and inappropriate actions and feelings.
Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of the population in the U.S. In addition, approximately 0.3% of individuals suffer from schizoaffective disorders, which produce symptoms of schizophrenia in addition to mood disorders like mania or depression.
How can brain mapping and qEEG help with schizophrenia?
Brain mapping and qEEG can be a very helpful tool to help individuals with schizophrenia in many ways, such as:
- Pinpoint brain patterns related to schizophrenia
- Help determine which medications are most effective for a patient
- Help an individual with schizophrenia understand that they have a real disorder
- Help overcome lack of insight
- Increase compliance with medications and a treatment plan
- Identify progress or pinpoint areas of the treatment plan that need adjustments
How Thrive Neurolab can help a person with schizophrenia
At Thrive Neurolab, we use brain mapping and qEEG as a component of a comprehensive assessment and a treatment plan. We may also assess other factors – psychological, biological, and social – which may contribute to schizophrenia symptoms. We use this information to create a personalized, custom treatment plan for a better outcome.
Thrive Neurolab sees qEEG and neurofeedback as an effective method that complements medical interventions for schizophrenia.
Read on for more information regarding schizophrenia:
Schizophrenia and the brain
Schizophrenia is a complex disorder that involves several areas of the brain. Typically, abnormalities in certain neurotransmitters like glutamate and dopamine cause lowered activity in the prefrontal cortex. This area is involved in judgment, decision making, attention, impulse control, and forethought. Brain imaging studies on people with schizophrenia show how input becomes distorted.
Symptoms of schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder that can produce hallucinations, delusions, and faulty perceptions. Symptoms are categorized into three groups: positive, negative, and cognitive.
Positive schizophrenia symptoms include:
- Hallucinations—hearing voices or sounds, seeing people or objects, or feeling tactile sensations that aren’t there
- Agitated body movements
- Dysfunctional thinking patterns
Negative schizophrenia symptoms include:
- Emotionally flat
- Decreased sense of pleasure in life
- Trouble starting and following through with activities
- Less speaking
- Trouble maintaining relationships
Cognitive schizophrenia symptoms include:
- Decreased executive function (processing incoming information, decision-making)
- Difficulty with concentration and focus
- Trouble with memory
- Unawareness that they have a disorder/condition (lack of insight)
In addition to the symptoms associated with schizophrenia, people with schizoaffective disorder also have symptoms of mood disorders, including:
- Depression: Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
- Mania: Feelings of euphoria, racing thoughts, or impulsive behavior
Thrive Neurolab uses qEEG and neurofeedback to alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia. Time is of the essence. Contact us today for a confidential consultation.