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Bipolar Disorder

Brain training via neurofeedback teaches the brain to maintain a consistent state. Learning self-regulation allows a person to achieve mood stabilization.After beginning neurofeedback, clients commonly comment that they can once again “trust their brain.” What does this mean? Bipolar clients undergoing neurofeedback training report less susceptibility to mood swings, increased ability to focus, and reduced anger. Their ability to function increases as they find themselves less reactive and increasingly able to respond and act appropriately.

Case Studies On Bipolar Disorder

The Bipolar Child by Demitri and Janice PapolosBook review by Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D

A new diagnostic category is emerging: Childhood bipolar disorder. It was traditionally thoughtthat as few as one in 200 cases of bipolar disorder had an onset which could be traced tochildhood. Biederman's recent research shows that perhaps on the other of 20% of childrenidentified as ADHD could be on the way to developing full-blown bipolar disorder. To make thisidentification, however, the markers of childhood bipolar disorder are destructive rage andirritation rather than the euphoria and elation that characterizes the adult form. The proof that thechildhood form of the disorder metamorphoses into the adult form eventually must still beoutstanding. The model is still too new.The Bipolar Disorder model is the latest attempt to give diagnostic order and specificity to themost extreme end of the disruptive behavior spectrum. It is of course not the first. Years ago,George Murray of Harvard suggested that temporal lobe epilepsy was under-recognized by mentalhealth professionals by a factor of 25. Clearly he was not referring to overt seizures here, whichtend to attract clinical attention, but rather to the subclinical seizure activity that can manifest inerratic behavior, severe mood swings, rages and explosive behavior - but goes unrecognized assuch. Partly based on Murray's model, we have emphasized as well the continuity between overtseizures and extreme behavioral disregulation. Both are effectively treated with anti-convulsants,and both respond to the same Neurofeedback protocols. The developments in Neurofeedbacktherapy neatly parallel developments in psychopharmacology. But seizures have remained in thedomain of neurology, and other mental health professionals have been reluctant to build on thatmodel.

 

On the Construct of "The Bipolar Child," Proposed by Demitri and Janice Papolos [pdf]by Othmer S Ph.D. Chief Scientist

ABSTRACT: Over the years we have talked about our own son Brian in terms of his temporal lobe epilepsy, and we generalized from there to severe behavioral disorders. That always had limited appeal as a model for both practitioners attending our classes and for parents of difficult children. Most professionals don't relate readily to "subclinical seizure phenomena," nor are parents thrilled to see the term seizure disorder used in connection with their children unless the diagnosis is obligatory. Talking about seizure disorder in larger terms was a non-starter.

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