Wednesday, July 11, 2018

QEEG Brain Mapping in Malaysia

What is QEEG brain mapping?
A QEEG brain map (or 'Q' for short) enables us to see your unique pattern of mental strengths and weaknesses - areas of the brain where there is too little or too much activity, and areas that are not coordinating their activity the best they could. We use QEEGs for our initial assessment, to design your neurofeedback training programme, and to track your progress over your sessions. It involves nothing more than wearing a sensor cap so we can listen to what your brain is doing. Once we can see the reason for your struggles on a brain level, we can create a neurofeedback training programme to help resolve it.
We use software analysis tools, but software cannot make human judgements or put the map in context of you and your goals. As with most fields, there is an art to it that only comes with experience. Most people find their QEEG fascinating. There are seldom any surprises in the brain map; it is a measure how you feel and function, and presumably you already know how you feel. Still, most find real comfort and validation in getting a measure on those feelings or challenges, and relief that they can be shifted.

Brain mapping is a means to measure brain function. It has become a primary tool in neuroscience. QEEGs are used in research centres all over the world to study ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression and bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and emotional conditions of every sort. It is a recognized diagnostic tool for some medical conditions in Germany and the USA.

Are you wondering why your healthcare professional hasn’t conducted a brain map or recommended one for you?
Most psychiatrists and mental health professionals don’t utilize brain mapping because it’s not part of their conventional tools. Conducting a QEEG involves a huge learning curve and is very technical. They also may not know enough about brain mapping to feel comfortable recommending it.

How is a qEEG brain map conducted?
Conducted in our office, the entire process takes about 60 minutes. It’s comfortable and painless but does result in a “bad hair” day. During the recording you sit in a comfortable chair wearing a cap with electrodes that record 19 sites on your head. The brain mapping process looks very similar to what a neurologist does when conducting a conventional EEG. However, a QEEG brain map analyzes very different information than what the neurologist does.

Why come to us for a brain mapping?
Despite brain mapping’s importance, not every neurofeedback practice offers it. Conducting a brain map requires special equipment as well as technical know-how and skill. Additionally, it takes a great deal of experience to interpret the findings and to be able to custom-design protocols for each client using those findings. We are one of the pioneers in clinical neurofeedback in Malaysia and our practitioner is one of the only two master trainers in clinical neurofeedback (Malaysia).

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Trauma, PTSD, and Panic Disorder Treatment in Malaysia

TSD and panic disorder commonly co-occur. This may not be surprising given that people who have experienced a traumatic event or have PTSD are at a heightened risk to develop a number of other psychiatric disorders, such as depression, substance use disorders, or other anxiety disorders. One anxiety disorder that is commonly found among people with a history of traumatic exposure or PTSD is panic disorder.

What is Panic Disorder?

To have a diagnosis of panic disorder, you need to meet the following criteria as described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV).
First, you need to have experienced a panic attack. Most people know whether or not they have experienced a panic attack. It can be an incredibly frightening experience. The DSM-IV describes a panic attack as the experience of intense fear or discomfort where four or more of the following things are felt:
  • pounding heart or increased heart rate
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking
  • feeling as though you are being smothered or having difficulties breathing
  • choking
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • nausea or abdominal pains and/or discomfort
  • feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
  • feeling as though things around you are unreal or feeling detached from yourself
  • feeling as though you are going to lose control or go crazy
  • fear of dying
  • numbness or tingling in extremities
  • chills or hot flashes
In addition, to have a diagnosis of panic disorder, you must have experienced recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. These are panic attacks that just pop up "out of the blue." For example, a person may be in their car and all of a sudden they experience a sudden rush of fear and terror (a panic attack).
At least one of the attacks must also be followed by one month or more of one or more of the following experiences:
  • Concern about having additional panic attacks
  • Worry about the consequences or implications of a panic attack. For example, a person may think to themselves during a panic attack that they are having a heart attack and are going to die.
  • A change in behavior because of the attacks. For example, a person may avoid certain places where a panic attack has occurred.
Finally, it is important to mention that someone can experience panic attacks and not have panic disorder. Panic attacks are actually quite common. In fact, as many as 12% of people may experience a panic attack at some point in their lifetime.

Trauma, PTSD, and Panic Disorder

Approximately 5% of people will develop panic disorder at some point in their lifetime. However, these rates may be higher among people who have experienced a traumatic event. A large number of people who have experienced a traumatic event report that they had a panic attack following the event. In addition, approximately 30% of people who have experienced a traumatic event also report experiencing unexpected panic attacks.
In particular, one study found high rates of childhood sexual abuse (41%) and physical abuse (59%) among women with panic disorder.
Another study found high rates of sexual molestation (24% for women and 5% for men) and physical abuse as a child (around 14% for both men and women) among people with panic disorder. Women with panic disorder have also been found to report high rates of rape (23%).
Besides simply traumatic exposure, panic disorder also commonly co-occurs with PTSD. Specifically, around 7% of men and 13% of women with PTSD also have panic disorder.


Fortunately, there are effective treatments available for both panic disorder and PTSD.
In addition, there are a number of options available for people seeking treatment for PTSD. Some of the symptoms of PTSD may place a person at risk for panic attacks, especially the hyperarousal symptoms. In addition, the physical health problems and unhealthy behaviors (for example, smoking and substance use) that often associated with PTSD may increase the likelihood that panic attacks are experienced. By treating a person's PTSD, then, the risk for the experience of panic attacks may be lessened.
Clinical issues are highly treatable with our Psychological Hypnosis Method (Psychotherapy & Clinical Hypnosis). We are also one of the few clinical neurofeedback training service providers in Malaysia (Bangsar South). Our mental health care service also offers great advantages as an adjunct to standard medical management. We're happy to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. We are committed to providing quality therapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment.
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Saturday, June 9, 2018


一个缺乏 Assertiveness 的人什么样? 

Assertiveness 是现代生活中极其重要的一项技能和特质。缺乏Assertiveness 会在人际交往和生活中造成很多的问题,比方说, 容易心情低落抑郁、焦虑感更强、压力更大:

不够 assertive 的人往往会觉得无力、无助,觉得对自己的生活没有控制力; 容易心生怨念:不够 assertive 的人很容易在各种地方「吃亏」,心有不甘却不知如何应对; 容易灰心沮丧:不够 assertive 的人常会埋怨自己,为什么自己总是不够坚决呢; 容易发无名火:
不够 assertive 的人不会得当地表达自己的愤怒,最后总是被自己积压的怒火所点燃; 难以建立良好的亲密关系:
不够 assertive 的人往往不能明确地告诉对方,自己希望对方做些什么,希望这段关系如何发展。

 一个 assertive 的人什么样?
Assertiveness 的重点在于我们自己,在于提升自己的「底气」,在于更加诚实、有效地告诉他人「我们是谁」,「我们需要被怎样对待」。
 一个 assertive 的人能深刻领悟并明确自己的以及他人的权利,尊重人与人之间的边界 。他可以清晰、坚定、从容地表达自己的观点或者需求。不会刻意地追求他人的认同,不害怕对别人说「不」,同样的,他也不怕被别人拒绝。哪怕他人的想法对他来说难以理解,甚至是不可思议,他也会尊重别人,尊重这种不同。 

自我坚定可以通过训练来习得,自我坚定训练(Assertiveness Training, AT) 是由Andrew Salter (1949)首先提出,Joseph Wolpe进一步发展和普及的。

1. 从“我”的角度来陈述(I-statement)

2. 从小处着手,试着做那个发起对话的人

3. 具体化

4. 学会问问题,要求了解更多的信息

5. 练习表达拒绝的方式

6. 练习一些非语言的技巧