Understanding Brainwave Dysregulation Through qEEG Brain Mapping

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Ever feel like your mind is in a constant state of chaos? Or maybe your child is struggling with focus and impulsivity, leaving you feeling helpless and desperate for answers?

Imagine waking up each morning with a sense of dread, unsure of how the day will unfold. You worry about whether you’ll be able to concentrate on simple tasks or if you’ll receive another call from your child’s school about their behavior. The emotional rollercoaster of unpredictable outbursts and constant anxiety can leave you feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. What if a physical pattern in the brain could be contributing to these behaviors? Understanding Brainwave Dysregulation can offer a new perspective and hope for improvement.

What is Brainwave Dysregulation?

Our brain is constantly producing electrical signals that can be measured with sensors and a specialized amplifier. These signals are commonly referred to as brainwaves. Each brainwave is defined by its speed and pattern. Depending on our activities, the brain should produce common patterns and easily shift between them.

Dysregulation is when the brain gets stuck in the wrong pattern at the wrong time. For example, while you are reading this, your brain should be producing more of a faster wave referred to as Beta. If it is producing more slow wave activity, like Delta or Theta, you may find yourself struggling to retain the information.

Brainwave dysregulation can manifest as a variety of symptoms that can disrupt daily life. These symptoms might include ADHD-like behavior, anxiety, problems with cognitive function, emotional regulation, and sleep. Understanding that there is a physical pattern in the brain contributing to these struggles is the first step toward finding a solution.

Brainwave dysregulation can result from various factors, such as:

  • Chronic Stress: Prolonged exposure to stress can alter brainwave patterns, making it difficult for the brain to return to a calm state.
  • Trauma: Emotional or physical trauma can disrupt the brain’s normal functioning.
  • Poor Sleep: Inadequate or poor-quality sleep affects brainwave activity, which can exacerbate symptoms of dysregulation.
  • Diet and Nutrition: Nutrient deficiencies and poor dietary habits can influence brain health and contribute to dysregulation.
  • Lack of Physical Activity: Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining balanced brainwave activity. Sedentary lifestyles can lead to dysregulation.
  • Illness and Medication: Certain illnesses and medications can impact brainwave patterns.
  • Head Injury and TBI: Traumatic brain injuries can cause significant disruptions in brainwave activity.
  • Metal Toxicity: Exposure to certain metals can also contribute to brainwave dysregulation.

The Power of qEEG Brain Mapping

Quantitative EEG (qEEG) brain mapping is a non-invasive technique that uses a cap with sensors placed on a person’s scalp to detect and record their brain’s electrical activity (brainwaves). The recordings are then analyzed using research and normative databases to determine what areas of the brain are functioning well and which areas are dysregulated. This information is used to guide the neurofeedback process.

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What to Expect from a qEEG Brain Map
  • Time: The process typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes. You’ll wear a snug cap fitted with sensors that measure your brain’s electrical activity while you sit quietly.

  • Remote Capability: qEEG brain mapping can be conducted remotely, allowing you to get your brain mapped from the comfort of your home.

  • Pain-Free: The procedure is completely pain-free and non-invasive. The sensors merely detect electrical activity.

How Neurofeedback Can Help

Neurofeedback is technology-driven learning for the brain. It is not a quick fix or a magic pill; it is a process that requires consistency. It helps the brain learn to better regulate.

During a neurofeedback session, clients relax and watch a video. A small sensor is placed on the scalp to measure the brainwaves. The software detects when the brain meets the healthy pattern and plays the video brighter and at a comfortable volume. When the brain does not meet the healthy pattern, the video becomes dimmer and quieter. The brain naturally wants to see and hear clearly, so it learns to produce a better-regulated pattern repeatedly. Like learning how to ride a bike, play an instrument, or write, it may be difficult at first, but over time it becomes easier and more natural. Neurofeedback teaches the brain to maintain these healthier patterns on its own.

Addressing Common Concerns

  • Is it Worth the Investment?

    Sometimes people are concerned about the cost of qEEG brain mapping and neurofeedback. While it is an investment, consider the long-term benefits and the potential to reduce or eliminate the need for medication. The personalized, non-invasive nature of neurofeedback offers a holistic approach that many find invaluable.

  • Will it Really Work?

    Skepticism is natural, especially with something as innovative as neurofeedback. However, numerous studies and client testimonials support its effectiveness. Unlike temporary fixes, neurofeedback promotes lasting changes by teaching the brain to self-regulate.

  • Is it Safe?

    Absolutely. Neurofeedback is non-invasive and free of harmful side effects. It’s a gentle, safe method to help the brain function better.

Take the Next Step

Ready to learn more about how brainwave dysregulation might be affecting you or your child? Download our comprehensive guide, Master Your Mind: Understanding ADHD and Brainwave Dysregulation, and learn how qEEG brain mapping and neurofeedback can change your life.


Understanding and addressing brainwave dysregulation can transform your life and the lives of your loved ones. At SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve life-changing results through neurofeedback. Don’t wait—start your journey to better brain health today

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