Diagnosis typically involves these components:
- A physical exam
- A psychiatric evaluation
- Tracking your moods and behaviors on a day-to-day basis to confirm your diagnosis
There is no single bipolar disorder test, but blood tests and neuroimaging may be used to rule out other conditions. Bipolar symptoms can resemble those of other disorders, which can make it challenging to properly diagnose the condition. In children and teens, symptoms of bipolar disorder may be especially hard to distinguish from normal mood changes. Check-in with your doctor if your child is having mood swings that are more severe or significantly different from their usual ups and downs.
After a diagnosis can be made the next step is to find the right treatment option. One option we have is an evidence-based practice called Neurofeedback.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, collaborative training method for rebalancing and re-regulating the brain wave frequencies that determine behavior, mood, memory, performance, sensory decoding (pain or pleasure), and thought creation. Using a combination of cutting edge brain research, high-speed computer tracking, and algorithms (behavior predicting formulas), neurofeedback helps you move your brain away from old, painful, self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and creates new neural (brain) connections that are associated with focus, calmness, clarity, and motivation.
Neurofeedback begins with an assessment that helps you form 4 behavioral goals (i.e. increase length and depth of sleep, decrease anxiety or depression, increase memory and focus, decrease addictions, increase academic, sports, or vocational performance), and then asks 90 specific questions that allow that program to tailor your training for your specific brain and goals.
Training takes place in a quiet and comfortable environment. Sensors that are attached to your scalp monitor minute fluctuations in brain wave frequencies as the program coaches you towards change by giving auditory and visual feedback (in real time) of how your brain waves are changing. This rewards the brain for formation of new, more productive thoughts and behavior, and inhibits old, non-productive thoughts and behavior. People who experience EEG neurofeedback report that they feel relaxed, less stressed, more focused, and are responsive rather than reactive to what life presents.
Benefits of Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is utilized at Bipolar Center for the following benefits:
- no side effects
- works 99% of the time
- significantly improves symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and other conditions
- Guaranteed to work
- helps patients with Bipolar Disorder get off medications
After Neurofeedback is completed we can continue with other treatment options such as individual and group therapy. Neurofeedback is best used before counseling therapy in order to prepare patients for further therapy.
We believe that everyone can benefit from mental health counseling. To that end, we have established an Evidence-Based treatment therapy that is extremely effective. Ann and Curtis are licensed Mental Health Counselors in the State of Florida whose focus and research has been based on discovering how to treat the most difficult disorders with a resolution based theory as opposed to maintenance theory. All of our mental health disorders have a root cause, whether it may be genetic or environmental, or both, we have found that there are resolutions for these problems. Many disorders come out of trauma. Resolve the trauma and those disorders rooted in trauma start to melt away, e.g. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic attacks, and other anxiety disorders. Some disorders such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia are genetically based and may benefit more from Neurofeedback before undergoing counseling.
At Bipolar Center we Can Help
If you have grown weary of “just talking” and are wondering where your therapy is going we may have what you need. We have therapeutic modalities and tools that very few people have, we have the experience that very few therapists have, we are goal-oriented and driven to help you get you where you want to be as quickly and as efficiently as possible. We would love to talk with you to see how we can help you get where you want to go. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.