Epilepsy

Epilepsy or seizure disorder is a disruption of the electrical communication in the brain. A person’s normal electrical pattern is suddenly hijacked by a synchronized burst of electrical energy that can affect consciousness, body movements and/or sensations. The severity of seizures can vary greatly.

Symptoms can include:

  • Irritability

  • Transient confusion
  • Changes in sensory perceptions (sight, smell, sound, etc)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Uncontrolled jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Stiffening of muscles

Treatment Options

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback training has been used to treat seizures for many years. In fact, epilepsy was the first disorder to be treated with Neurofeedback (Sterman’s work in the 1960s and 70s with SMR) by inhibiting slow waves and increasing mid-range frequencies. Neurofeedback has been shown to raise the threshold for seizures, meaning the brain becomes more resistant to seizures with training. Neurofeedback is often a treatment of choice over surgery when epilepsy is severe.

Counseling

While Bloomington Neurofeeedback does not provide psychotherapy specifically for epilepsy, counseling can address anxiety issues, loss and grief, and self-esteem issues. Bloomington Neurofeedback will also work with your treatment team to provide ongoing continuity of care as you heal.

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