Thursday, March 18, 2010

Neurofeedback and Chemo Brain Fog

Read here about a study now in progress in Cleveland using neurofeedback with people experiencing chemo brain - the cognitive losses, insomnia and depression that can occur as side effects of chemotherapy. Patients often describe it as brain cloudiness or brain fog.

For the majority of patients the side effects go away when the chemo ends, but for as many as 20% the problems persist.

One of the researchers conducting the study had herself suffered from memory losses, insomnia and depression that lasted for seven years after her treatment for breast cancer - until she found neurofeedback.

After three sessions, she was sleeping again. After ten sessions, her depression lifted. Her own positive experience is what inspired her to do the research and is described in the article linked to above.

What she reports matches what I've seen myself using neurofeedback with my clients. If you have questions or would like a referral to someone in your area, please ask here on the blog or email me.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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