Neurofeedback Therapy in the Treatment of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Neurofeedback therapy, or neurotherapy, is a new and exciting course of treatment that may help patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding this therapy may help you to plan for the future and seek out this type of treatment.
Dementia or Alzheimer’s
There is quite a bit of confusion surrounding the terminology associated with mental diseases. Many individuals use the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s interchangeably. However, they are quite different. Dementia is a blanket term used to denote any breakdown in mental capacity. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that is associated traditionally with old age. Different types of dementia have different treatment options. Some types of dementia are curable and others are irreversible. Neurofeedback therapy has been suggested as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
Neurofeedback therapy is a type of therapy where brain activity is converted into video and audio formats so that a patient can actually see and hear how well their brain is functioning. This type of therapy relies on positive reinforcement to teach the brain how to function correctly once again. The brain is a very powerful organ that is capable of learning at an impressive rate. However, the brain cannot monitor its own activity because we have no way of naturally seeing how our brain is functioning. If, however, we were able to see our brain function on a screen or hear sounds that tell us how our brain was functioning, we might be able to teach our brain to function correctly. Just like a child learns that certain behaviors are acceptable through positive reinforcement, our brains might be able to learn which types of function are correct and which are wrong through neurofeedback therapy. This type of therapy is very new and still in the earliest stages of development, but many scientists are very excited about the potential offered by this course of treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
The Truth About Alzheimer’s Disease
For now, unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is completely incurable and irreversible. Sadly, Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that will eventually result in a patient’s death. As such, it can be a devastating and terrifying diagnosis to receive. Patients can take heart, however, in knowing that thousands of research scientists are devoting their lives to finding a cure for this debilitating and devastating disease. In our lifetime, there may be a cure that is developed for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.