People diagnosed with Epilepsy (seizures) can help regulate their brain through Neurofeedback Therapy (brain training). A seizure is a brain that has briefly lost stability. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2015, 1.2% of the US population had active epilepsy, that’s about 3.4 million people with epilepsy nationwide: 3 million adults and 470,000 children. There are several types of seizures: Non-epileptic seizures result from an illness or injury. Partial seizures occur if you have epilepsy and the seizure affects one side of your body. Generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain and encompass both sides of your body. Therefore, if one doesn’t seek immediate treatment for seizures, it can be detrimental to one’s life and can possibly lead to mortality.
For example, many of the patients I’ve treated for seizures used to avoid social activity out of fear of suffering from having a seizure in public, leaving them feeling completely isolated, which often lead to feelings of hopelessness. One of my patients refused to learn how to drive because she was terribly afraid of having a seizure while operating a vehicle. For 50 years she’d rely on others for transportation, and this often left her feeling like a burden on family and friends. My youngest patient, an 8-year-old boy who was diagnosed as having a brain tumor, suffered from constant seizures after having the tumor removed. Not being able to play or engage in social activity, like other children his age, left him feeling lonely and depressed, causing a negative impact on his quality of life. Thanks to neurofeedback therapy, his life, as well as my other patients, have flourished since they are now able to control and reduce the number of seizures they have due to treatments. I’m delighted to say, my eight-year-old patient hasn’t had a seizure in five months, and I’m thrilled he’s finally experiencing the joys of childhood, the way every child deserves.
Neurofeedback therapy works miracles for those with epilepsy because the treatment helps strengthen the brain. For instance, if a person wants to enhance their physical appearance, they commit to daily exercise and follow a nutrition plan, and with time, patience and consistency, they witness rewarding results. In the same way, neurofeedback is similar, because it’s an exercise designed specifically for the brain. With therapeutic exercises uniquely designed for each patient, we’re able to train the brain to produce a calm state of mind, which enhances mental focus so their brain can create healthier brain patterns, without feeling anxious. As a result, the brain will thrive, leading to a happier and stable lifestyle.
According to recent studies, 95% of every pain, disease, and disorder, that a person experiences, is emotional and our brain controls and influences our emotions. Therefore, if someone’s emotions are not balanced, then their bodies are not balanced either. In order for us to have a healthy and successful life, it’s incredibly important for us to have a well-balanced brain.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so that they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of.