AGE OLD DISORDERS — AN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT
Current estimates indicate that 50% of the population experience at least one mental disorder in their lifetime and that at least 25% have suffered a mental disorder in the past year. Recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and referral depend overwhelmingly on general practitioners, at least one third of whose consultations have a direct and explicit psychological component.
Yet despite this intensive familiarization with the presentation of mental pathology, and the appropriateness of the primary care setting to its management, the most recent surveys indicate that performance is best described by the ‘rule of diminishing halves’ – only half the patients with a thresh-old disorder are recognized, only half of those recognized are treated, and only half of those treated are effectively treated. There is no single solution to this problem, only multiple solutions, which must be aimed, consistently and simultaneously, at the patient, practitioner, practice, and research levels. (Source: NIH.gov, Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 2003 Jun; 5(2): 115-128)
The Tiger system is meant to give you, the practitioner, the tools to face the growing problem of mental health disorders. Tools based on sound research that provide objective data in the determination of results.
HELP FOR ADDICTION
By 2015, the treatment of addiction grew to $34 billion annually in over 14,000 treatment centers across the U.S. In the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, an estimated 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. Non-medical use or abuse of painkillers, sedatives and stimulants is growing with an estimated 48 million people aged 12 or older using such prescription medicines improperly.
In a landmark study of addiction in the U.S. published by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the authors found that “addiction is this nation’s largest preventable and mostly treatable health problem.” At Tiger Neuroscience, we desire to come alongside physicians in primary practice and rehabilitation centers to improve patient outcomes.
A landmark UCLA study of the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of addiction revealed the following results:
- Sobriety rates 12 months after treatment were 77% with neurofeedback and 44% for the control group.
- 60% reduction in clients prematurely leaving treatment against medical advice compared to the neurofeedback group.
- Significant improvements in 5 of 10 MMPI-2 scales, the most frequently used personality tests in mental health.
The evidence-based Tiger system can be utilized in substance abuse clinics as an excellent integrative therapy with standard recovery protocols to improve overall treatment outcomes. It’s important to consider not only the addiction but all underlying issues as well.
Our system enhances treatment outcomes because underlying comorbidities are obstacles to addiction recovery. ADD, ADHD, depression and anxiety, to name a few, have proven research that utilizing neurofeedback and heart-rate viability training brings statistically significant improvements to patients. As these underlying issues are resolved or improved, it clears the way for the rest of the program protocols to do their work and bring overall recovery to patients.
This applies also to non-drug and alcohol addiction recovery such as sex addiction, compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, and gambling addiction.
HELP FOR ADD/ADHD
Decades of research has demonstrated significant efficacy for ADD and ADHD in multiple well-designed, independent studies utilizing Neurofeedback. ADD/ADHD is commonly misdiagnosed due to subjective diagnostic tools. Since 2012, the FDA has approved a specific biomarker for clinical ADD/ADHD disorders. ADD and ADHD can be objectively measured and diagnosed against this biomarker using a qEEG and makes it very well suited to neurofeedback. The additional aspects of the Tiger system, protocols developed over 20+ years, are integrated into Neurofeedback yielding excellent results for clinicians using our system.
Whatever the cause, ADD typically is associated with an under aroused brain as evidenced by an elevated Theta ratio. This is the reason why stimulants such as Ritalin, Strattera and Concerta are prescribed. Some studies indicate that children ingesting stimulants are more likely to abuse drugs later in life. Nadine Lamber, a professor of education at the University of California Berkeley, followed five hundred children for 26 years and states that the use of these ADD drugs doubles the chances that the child will grow into an adult who abuses drugs such cocaine. Furthermore, most patients suffer from unpleasant side-effects including loss of appetite and sleep issues.
The Tiger system rewards the patient’s brain for re-regulating brainwaves to a therapeutic range over the course of 20-30 hours of training until the patient no longer has an under aroused brain. Within this timeframe, most patients can be moved off their prescription medication and achieve improved results at school and work without medication side effects.
HELP FOR ANXIETY
There are three major categories of anxiety. 1) reactionary, 2) generalized, and 3) under-aroused.
The most common is reactionary anxiety stemming from dysfunctional and abusive relationships and terrifying experiences. This is a triggered type of anxiety resulting from exposure to events or situations, or simply discussions of those events and situations.
Generalized anxiety is rooted in a brain that is on alert and overly activated. Many people are born with a predisposition to anxiety and it becomes more pronounced as a person matures from childhood into adulthood.
The third type of anxiety results from an under-aroused brain. This is the classic adrenalin junky who takes on more than normal to elevate or activate their arousal levels. This is the person who has difficulty remaining awake when they slow down their activity levels
With each of these forms of anxiety, Tiger’s protocols will address the brain dysregulation and breathing patterns and possibly sleep disruption to bring calm and balance to the person suffering from anxiety.
Solid research exists demonstrating the efficacy of our protocols to improve the lives of those suffering from anxiety; 82.8% of anxiety patients achieved clinically important differences in their symptoms. (White, Groeneveld, et al; 2017 NeuroRegulation)
HELP FOR DEPRESSION
As clinicians you have patients come to you with many types of depression and varying levels of severity. Many are chronic and debilitating. Some are caused by a traumatic event, while others just seem to get a little worse every day. Whatever type, depression is a condition that has a devastating impact on the patient and their family. The bottom line is they just want to feel better and function normally.
Our Tiger Assessment package uses qEEG and a clinically validated symptom rating scale, as well as other diagnostic measures to help create a mosaic of your patient’s depression symptoms. Based on this data, a baseline is established to then create a treatment plan for your patient.
As your patient trains their breathing, works on sleep hygiene and re-regulates brain wave activity, you can track objective clinical improvements over the course of 20-30 hours of in-office training by the patient. Our goal is to give you another tool in your arsenal to treat this debilitating condition so many patients suffer from.
Solid research exists demonstrating the efficacy of our protocols to improve the lives of those suffering from depression. 81.1% of depression patients achieved clinically important differences in their symptoms. (White, Groeneveld, et al; 2017 NeuroRegulation)
HELP FOR PTSD
One in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have been identified as experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Other forms of this are complex trauma and TBI. These traumas result in behavioral, mood, and sleep symptoms along with emotional detachment or unwanted thoughts. Specific symptoms include agitation, irritability, hostility, hyper-vigilance, self-destructive behavior, social isolation, flashbacks, fear, severe anxiety or mistrust (American Psychiatric Association 2013). Additional symptoms of PTSD include information processing disregulation with impairments in attention and working memory (Karl Malta, & Maercker, 2006), excessive reactivity to trauma-related cues (Buckley, Blanchard & Neill, 2000) and physiological responses that trigger the “flight-fright” response (Benson, 1975).
Traditional treatments for trauma/PTSD symptoms include pharmacotherapy and/or talk therapy, both of which have limitations. Pharma has a wide variety of side effects and frequently does not address the underlying causation (Van Der Kolk et al., 2016). Similarly, conventional talk therapy, while helpful for some has been found not to be effective with others (Breuer & Freud, 1966, Van Der Kolk et al., 2016).
By contrast, Tiger’s protocols of breathing, HRV, and neurofeedback avoid the potential triggering and painful experiences pertaining to the traumatic event (Reiter, Andersen, & Carlsson, 2016) and instead help the individual by enhancing their ability to be focused, attentive, and aware in the present moment. Through the use of our protocols, the person is able to release the painful experience without reliving the trauma as a means of healing.
The research reveals statistically significant improvement in auditory and visual attention scores as well as improvements in overall well-being as measured by GWBS rating system. Well-being improvements were measured by improved listening and verbal communication skills. In one study, 60% of veterans experiencing severe to moderate symptoms reported to be clinically improved in their well-being and 78% were reporting positive levels of well-being after treatment (McReynolds, Bell, & Lincourt, 2017).
HELP FOR SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleep problems are typically part of a patient’s overall presenting condition. Patients with ADD/ADHD and on a prescription stimulant will find it difficult to sleep which then adds to the problem of focus. It’s possible a patient’s sleep issues are actually the cause of ADD/ADHD symptoms. The Tiger system incorporates sleep assessment and education, along with breathing and neurofeedback training, to provide you the tools to get at the root causes of many reported patient conditions related to mental health.
Insomnia is one of the easiest issues to improve with our treatment system. More often than not, people who have trouble falling asleep will report dramatic improvements with their insomnia in relatively few sessions in your office. Some people can fall asleep ok, but then wake in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep. Whatever the case may be, Tiger has both treatment and coaching content for you to resolve most of your patient’s sleep concerns.
Insomnia is not the only common sleep disorder, and our system can also help with other issues related to insomnia. Symptoms people experience include, strange itching, tingling or crawling sensation in the legs is very common in people who have insomnia or other sleep disturbances. Restless Leg Syndrome is more common in brains that run slow or are under aroused and can be helped with neurofeedback.
The Tiger system can be applied to multiple other disorders you may be presented with in your practice. Conditions may include epilepsy, autism, chronic pain, learning disabilities, hypertension, IBS and Tinnitus. Research and consultation with our clinical staff is available to discuss the relative benefits of our system for patients presenting conditions outside the primary treatment areas.