[Fwd: MAPS:Visual Phen.of LSD Flashback/HPPD]

Holger Wagner (Holger.Wagner@lrz-muenchen.de)
Tue, 24 Mar 1998 14:04:19 +0100

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This sounds interesting... anybody heard about it before?

(it's actually a little bit "off-topic" from the subject...)

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I would like to approach this discussion from the direction of
facilitating the brain to re-establish a more homeostatic state using
EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback). To the extent that drugs or trauma
have induced a pattern of persistent dysregulation, I regularly see the
re-regulation of brain activity, remediation of pathology - both psycho
and neuro, and a sometimes dramatic increase in cognitive functioning
superior to premorbid levels using neurofeedback.

In this "treatment" the client's EEG is displayed to the client in the
form of a computer game in real time. Certain "signatures" of
pathology, obtainable in QEEG, usually show a distribution of excess
fast or slow wave activity in various regions. EEG sensors are placed
over these areas and the client is asked to either upregulate the slow
activity or downregulate the fast activity using a clinical
neurofeedback system and protocols now well established. Results are
often rapid (5-20 sessions) and dramatic. In the 3 1/2 years of doing
this work I take a Darwinian view of the progress I see. Once the brain
sees itself working, is in a loop with itself, it merely "drops out"
anything that is in the way of its augmented function. That includes
things like depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain injury, post-stroke syndrome,
and other enduring problems for which allopathic approaches have readily
observable limits.

The continuum of effect stretches from pathology remediation, to
greater balance, flexibility and placticity in the nervous system, to
elicitation of peak performance zones (astronauts, athletes, and
performers do EEG work), to profound transpersonal/kundalini
experiences. This is all through inner work. Nothing is induced
through the sensors, though some systems work with visually pulsed light
to entrain certain effects. However, like other exogenous methods, it
can show you the territory but it can't get you there. The
straightforward EEG work, however does get people to improved
functioning which, in most cases appears to persist after treatment.

I would recommend this as a non-invasive approach to the problem of
HPPD, and as an interesting self-regulation technique in the
armamentarium of propelling onself forward in ways that this particular
vehicle is uniquely tuned to experience. Further information can be had
at the sites: www.eegspectrum.com and www.ssnr.com.

Alan Bachers, PhD