Schizophrenia is a genetic disorder that affects people from all walks of life and affects both genders equally. This illness is a lifelong brain disorder with continuous cognitive, behavioral, and emotional deteriorated functions. People who have schizophrenia can’t distinguish between reality and fantasy and ultimately suffer from hallucinations and paranoia. Symptoms of this disorder can appear throughout months or even years. Indicators include, but are not limited too, sudden irritability, difficulty sleeping, not being able to concentrate, unexplained anger and memory loss. Soon after these symptoms appear delusions and paranoia will follow.
Unfortunately, medical professionals have yet to come up with a medical test to diagnose schizophrenia, but if schizophrenia is suspected, a medical professional will conduct an extensive evaluation. Also, people with this disorder are more prone to depression, anxiety and are susceptible to becoming alcoholics and drug addicts. Additionally upwards of 40% of people that have schizophrenia will attempt suicide at least once, which is why medical professionals suggest that family members pay close attention to their loved ones affected by the illness.
Over the year’s research has proven that intensive neurofeedback training can treat the symptoms (listed above) associated with schizophrenia and improve cognitive, emotional and behavioral functions. In one trial, after only a few sessions, patients showed vast improvement in their short-term memory, improved speech, and began to understand their illness more clearly. In another study, of the 51 patients tested that all experienced hearing voices in their head, went through extensive neurofeedback training; of the 48 who concluded the trial, 47 showed improvement in their hallucinations, and one patient reported having control over the voices in their head for the first time.
It’s important to remember that Neurofeedback therapy cannot cure someone diagnosed with schizophrenia; however, it can help treat the symptoms associated with the brain disorder allowing for people with the illness to have a better quality of life. If you would like to learn more about how neurofeedback therapy can help you or someone you love, please contact us at 424-382-3097.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.