ADHD Medication and Treatment Reviews

BrainPaint

http://brainpaint.com

What is BrainPaint?

BrainPaint is a neurofeedback software program administered by professionals. It is designed to improve how the brain functions by training patients to recognize the difference between a focused state and a day-dreaming state, without requiring a brain map.

How does BrainPaint work?

A patient first completes a 90-question symptom assessment administered by a BrainPaint professional, who then evaluates the results to identify parts of the brain that may be under-aroused.

During a typical session, the BrainPaint professional applies electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors on the patient’s scalp that pick up electrical signals of different frequencies and wavelengths. The sensors may be adjusted 1-3 times during a 25-30 minute session.

During this time, the patient listens to audio tracks, and watches fractal visuals on a computer screen. BrainPaint aims to identify the types of patterns and music that induce a relaxed state, and then to reproduce (or “paint”) them by practicing becoming calm. Patients ideally learn how to activate certain centers of the brain that may be under-stimulated. Protocols are updated as the patient makes progress over time.

Who is BrainPaint for?

Neurotherapy like BrainPaint is designed to help people with ADHD, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, brain injuries, mood disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, and sleep problems.

It is sometimes used by adults and children who don’t experience symptom relief with medication or who experience unbearable side effects while taking medication.

How much does BrainPaint cost?

Most practitioners charge the same for a BrainPaint session as they would for a therapy session. Rates may vary widely based on location and practitioner credentials. Many physicians will provide a discount for a series of sessions. Contact your neurotherapist to ask for individual rates.

BrainPaint says that users typically see improvements in 5-8 sessions, but 20-30 sessions are recommended for longer lasting results.

BrainPaint is also available for home users who live more than fifty miles from a BrainPaint provider. It costs $675 per month with a two-month minimum, and a $100 per month fee for each additional user.

What studies have been done on BrainPaint?

One study found that BrainPaint improved impulsivity and inattentiveness for people with attention deficits who were attending a residential substance-use-recovery program.

Another small study of 31 children, published in The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, found that BrainPaint improved ADHD symptoms and behavior after 12 sessions, as measured by the Conners’ Rating Scale.

However, neurofeedback remains a controversial treatment for ADHD because the (often expensive) therapy has not been tested in a large, double-blind study. Some experts believe that patient improvements may be due to time spent with a therapist, or that neurofeedback only improves attention, but no other symptoms.

Where can I learn more about BrainPaint?

Learn more at brainpaint.com.

Sources:

http://brainpaint.com/
http://neurofeedbackdefined.com/
http://neurofeedback-system.com/
http://neurofeedbackdefined.com/what-is-neurofeedback
https://neurofeedbackhomeuser.com/brainpaint-for-home-use/
http://neurofeedbackdefined.com/neurofeedback-therapy
https://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/3330.html
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265254610_An_Assessment_of_an_Automated_EEG_Biofeedback_System_for_Attention_Deficits_in_a_Substance_Use_Disorders_Residential_Treatment_Setting
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303325177_Clinic_Outcome_Assessment_of_a_Brief_Course_Neurofeedback_for_Childhood_ADHD_Symptoms

2 BrainPaint Related Links

  1. I was diagnosed at 35 by a psychologist who specialized in both adult and child ADHD. There were over nine hours of discussion, computer testing and going over items such as reports cards from elementary through high school. I took Ritalin with great success and then had to quit as I was expecting a child. I went through rehab (alcohol) at Promises Malibu for three months and was introduced to Neurofeedback by my counselor Janice Whitt.

    I had roughly 60 sessions which lasted approximately 75 minutes each. Though I did this first thing most mornings, it always felt a little different. By the third month I LOVED it. It was amazing learning how to control to the various stimuli, including auditory and visual, (Brainpaint™ was the program I used). I really wanted to obtain a unit from the man who developed it in LA, and just kinda let that go. I cannot believe the changes I am STILL (3 years later) experiencing. I found that I have an extremely and easily habit-forming personality. If drinking two gallons of milk made me “feel good” at the moment, I would have done it! I still have times where I have to stop and self-assess what I’m feeling, however, I have NO desire (organically) to alter my state of mind any longer. Well, for today, anyway. I am a SOLID believer in this type of therapy. It is a huge commitment and it gets deep (I also underwent EMDR and Somatic Experience) as you go along. I had tried various forms of Behavioral therapy over many years and never really made any long term progress. Neurofeedback Feedback WORKED!

  2. Not tested in a large double-blind study?? Please note: Neurofeedback (NF), or EEG biofeedback, has been practiced for well over four decades. Hundreds of thousands of individuals and families impacted by various mental health and/or neurological conditions have benefited greatly from this powerful, effective, established, and proven intervention. NF is relatively non-invasive and creates lasting results in stark contrast from the outcomes derived from pharmaceutical treatment for a wide variety of conditions. We estimate over 15,000 clinicians, world-wide are using this technology. The represented professions are inclusive of: psychology, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, nursing, neurology, pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, naturopathic medicine, speech and language pathology, chiropractic, psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and family medicine.

    Contrary to claims that NF is insufficiently supported by research, here are links to a sample of just five rigorous scientific studies that provide solid evidence of the effectiveness and power of NF for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):

    Arns, M., de Ridder, S., Strehl, U., Breteler, M., & Coenen, A. (2009). Efficacy of neurofeedback treatment in ADHD: The effects on inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity: A meta-analysis. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 40(3), 180-189.

    doi:10.1177/155005940904000311 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19715181

    Coben, R., Wright, E. K., Decker, S. L., & Morgan, T. (2015). The impact of coherence neurofeedback on reading delays in learning disabled children: A Randomized controlled study. NeuroRegulation, 2(4), 168-178. doi:10.15540/nr.2.4.168

    http://www.neuroregulation.org/article/view/15893/10087

    Micoulaud-Franchi, J-A., Geoffroy, P. A., Fond, G., Lopez, R., Bioulac, S., Philip, P. (2014). EEG neurofeedback treatments in children with ADHD: An update meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(906), 1-7.

    doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00906 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25431555

    Steiner, N. J., Frenette, E. C., Rene K. M., Brennan, R. T., & Perrin, E. C. (2014). In-school neurofeedback training for ADHD: Sustained improvements from a randomized control trial. Pediatrics, 133(3), 483-492. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-2059.

    doi:10.1542/peds.2013-2059 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534402

    Wigton, N. L., & Krigbaum, G. (2015). Attention, executive function, behavior, and electrocortical function, significantly improved with 19-channel z-score neurofeedback in a clinical setting: A pilot study. Journal of Attention Disorders, [e-pub ahead of print].

    doi:10.1177/1087054715577135 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25823743

    Moreover, as can be found in the ISNR Comprehensive Bibliography (www.isnr.org/resources), ISNR’s official peer-reviewed scientific journal NeuroRegulation (www.neuroregulation.org), and the archives of ISNR’s Journal of Neurotherapy (www.isnr-jnt.org), the research literature is substantial. For example, 1,447 peer reviewed journal articles are cited in the National Library of Medicine when using the search terms: ‘EEG Biofeedback’, and in recent years there has been exponential growth in publications related to neurofeedback.

    This literature documents the efficacy of NF for numerous conditions, inclusive of: ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, epilepsy, substance use disorders, PTSD, autism, learning disorders, brain injury, insomnia, and headaches. While there are a few randomized trials showing that NF is equivalent to a placebo, there are a larger number that demonstrate greater efficacy. Moreover, the number of randomized controlled trials showing efficacy are being published with growing frequency. For example, this study by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. and colleagues was recently published in December 2016:van der Kolk, B. A., Hodgdon, H., Gapen, M., Musicaro, R., Suvak, M. K., Hamlin, E., & Spinazzola, J. (2016) A Randomized Controlled Study of Neurofeedback for Chronic PTSD. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0166752.

    doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166752 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27992435

    Please keep your readers up to date.

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