Neurofeedback Patient in NYC

Dr. Daniel Kuhn has a vast experience in providing neurofeedback training in New York City for the last twenty years, being one of the first to incorporate it to a psychiatric practice. He applies the most advanced techniques and protocols, based on objective assessment of brain dysfunction with qEEG and neurocognitive testing. The qEEG brain mapping and neurocognitive battery of tests are done prior to the initiation of neurofeedback training and are repeated later on to assess one’s progress.

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive and safe treatment approach which has been proven to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions associated with brain dysfunction in most cases.

Abnormal brainwave patterns usually reveal local areas of dysfunction and impairment in the connection and communication between brain regions. Their specific location is associated with specific dysfunctions like memory, attention or executive functions, and they are found in a wide range of psychiatric and neurological disorders (e.g. stroke, concussion, learning disability) as well as in the undiagnosed ‘normal’ population where people experience certain deficits (e.g. anxiety, insomnia, depression).

The following is a listing of conditions that can be treated with neurofeedback.

  • ADD / ADHD
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Depression
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Drug and alcohol Addiction
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Eating Disorder

Neurofeedback FAQ

Neurofeedback is a form of brain activation and training, which improves and stabilizes brain function. It addresses abnormal brainwave activities, i.e. over or under activation, which often interfere with optimal brain function. The training applies a biofeedback principle called Operant Conditioning which encourages the brain to produce its brainwave amplitude or coherence within a desirable range.

The correction of deviations in amplitudes improves the regulation of arousal, hyperactivity, attention, concentration, mood, and cognition.

The training utilizes a computer screen, which presents the trainee with graphs of his selected brainwave activities in a real time. These graphs, combined with other forms of visual and auditory feedback, allow the amplitude of certain brainwaves to be trained up or down according to certain treatment protocols. The process encourages a gradual learning, and adjustment, and brings about stable changes.

Neurofeedback addresses problems of brain arousal, regional activations and disregulation. It also addresses problems of excessive or deficient synchrony and communication between different regions in the brain.

There is clinical evidence that patients with Attention Deficits Disorder can normalize their attention deficits and not have to rely on medication any longer after a course of treatment with Neurofeedback. There are also published studies showing that patients who suffered from intractable Grand Mal Seizure Disorder, which did not respond to medications, improved significantly with Neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback training has an impact on attention disorders, learning disabilities, memory, hyperactivity, sleep disorders, anxiety-depression spectrum, behavior disorders, headaches, migraines, PMS, and emotional disturbances. It is helpful in organic brain conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Concussion Syndrome, Epilepsy, Asperger Syndrome, Autism as well as Cerebral Palsy.

When medically and psychiatrically indicated, those conditions are treated also with psychotherapy and medications.

We base our treatment protocols on clinical assessment of the condition, and on brain function tests. Often we recommend a battery of brain function tests, including EEG, Quantitative EEG brain mapping, and Evoked Potentials in order to devise the best and personally tailored treatment protocol for each individual.

We also do Continuous performance tests to measure attention disorder (Conner’s and T.O.V.A tests) as well as neuropsychological battery of tests.

Physician Endorsements for Neurofeedback

“EEG biofeedback [Neurofeedback] meets the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry criteria for clinical guideline (CG) for treatment of ADHD, seizure disorders, anxiety (OCD, GAD, PTSD, phobias), depression, reading disabilities, and addictive disorders. This suggests that EEG biofeedback should always be considered as an intervention for these disorders.”

– Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America

“EEG biofeedback [Neurofeedback], in the long term management of ADHD providing a sustained effect even without stimulant treatment… Parents interested in non-psychopharmacologic treatment can pursue the use of complementary and alternative therapy. The therapy most promising by recent clinical trials appears to be EEG biofeedback.”

– Katie Campbell Daley, M.D.
Department of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston and in the Department of Pediatrics of the Harvard Medical School.

“Among the newer approaches to managing ADD, the most exciting is a learning process called Neurofeedback. It empowers a person to shift the way he pays attention. After more than twenty-five years of research in university labs, Neurofeedback has become more widely available. This is a pleasing development, because Neurofeedback has no negative side effects.”

– William Sears, M.D. Author of “The A.D.D. Book.”

“It [Neurofeedback] improves seizures, depression, low self-esteem or congenital head injuries, and it helps the ‘craziness’ that often comes with these…Patients report they sleep better, they don’t have seizures, they are more in control, and that they get more work done. It helps with closed head injury patients. It helps with chronic neurologic disease, where there is no active injury but there are problems with normal functioning. We’ve had success with multiple sclerosis, with toxic encephalopathy (for example, chemical poisoning interfering with neurologic functioning), with chronic pain, migraines and fibromyalgia. And of course, we get very good results with ADD.”

– Jonathan Walker, M.D. Neurologist, Dallas, TX

“In my experience with EEG Biofeedback [Neurofeedback] and ADD, many people are able to improve their reading skills and decrease their need for medication. Also, EEG Biofeedback has helped to decrease impulsivity and aggressiveness. It is a powerful tool, in part because the patient becomes part of the treatment process by taking more control over his own physiological processes.”

– Daniel Amen, M.D. CEO and Medical Director, Amen Clinics, Inc.
Author of “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.”

Daniel Kuhn, MD - Medical Director, Integrative Neuropsychiatric Services of New York

Daniel Kuhn, M.D.

Daniel Kuhn, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist, and Medical Director of Integrative Neuropsychiatric Services of New York.

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