It’s like a gym for your brain.

As issues like anxiety, depression and restless sleep have spiked during the pandemic, some people are turning to neurofeedback, a kind of gym for the brain. It’s a method that practitioners and some clients say can improve symptoms associated with everything from concussions to ADHD.

In a nutshell, if you were to map a person’s brain, you would find regions that are closely associated with different functions. The dozens of different areas help with emotions, verbal memory, or impulsivity to name a few. Each person’s brain will have strengths and weaknesses in the circuitry of and electricity that fires within the different regions.

In neurofeedback, the practitioner hooks sensors to top of a person’s head, over the regions where the person wishes to improve function. The person will watch a screen where an animation will pop up, similar to a video game. Then, the brain does the work. The computer responds to what happens inside the circuitry of the brain, making positive movements when it’s a good step, and slowing down or stopping when it’s not.

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