This presentation describes the use of tDCS with a number of clients who were experiencing debilitating panic attacks. The approach adopted uses a combination of tDCS protocols normally used separately for anxiety and depression. Results obtained are usually immediate and dramatic and are usually maintained for a minimum of three days and sometimes hold for a week between sessions.
A number of sessions are thus required to establish a more relaxed state. The tDCS combined protocol is normally used as a prelude to neurofeedback using NeurOptimal software. When this combination of techniques is adopted, significant changes are usually achieved with clients within the 10 sessions allocated under a Mental Health Care Plan.
The brain is an information processing machine adjusting itself to the environment. Information processing can be defined as reducing uncertainty. It has been suggested that the brain developed from an evolutionary point of view once living creatures started moving around in a changing and thus uncertain environment.
Dr Natalie Challis has found that effective treatment of Neurobehavioural disorders require a 4 pillared approach: Brain – QEEG and an individualised Loreta Neurofeedback protocol, Body – The clinical application of functional neurology focuses on regulating the activity of the brain, which stimulates changes throughout the nervous system, Behaviour – Working with an educational specialist, and a psychologist, to reinforce the neurological change into behaviour and Balance – Both the gut and brain originate early in embryogenesis from the same clump of tissue, which divides during fetal development.