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Alice (not her real name), an adult from Buckingham, suffered from intense anxiety that interfered with her life activities at home and socially.  She described herself as usually tense and nervous,  generally fearful of losing control, jumpy, hypervigilant, on edge and worrying excessively.  Because she was afraid of trying new things, she experienced trembling or shaking response whichmade her very self conscious.  Being uncomfortable in many social situations, she avoided public places. Life for Alice was very limiting.  Alice came for a free consultation for neurofeedback after learning about the program on the web.

She believed her anti anxiety medication did not help and she wanted to try something different that she hoped would have a better outcome.  During the consultation she was given a trial session of neurofeedback, where she experienced a calmness that was unfamiliar to her.  She agreed to start a treatment plan for a twice weekly session.  Early in her treatment, her self-reports indicated that she began to have more energy and better concentration, and less tension in her neck and back.  As treatment progressed, she was pleasantly surprised when she continued to remain calm despite the stressors around her.   Over time, as Alice held her training longer, her sessions were at less frequent intervals.  Currently, Alice comes every other week for a session.  She continues to maintain a healthy lifestyle without medication for anxiety, and she attributes her newfound peace to neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback whereby a system of rewards trains positive brainwaves.  Neurofeedback reduces the undesirable brainwaves that are responsible for anxiety as well as other emotional and behavioral problems. These can include depression, head injury, bipolar disorder, concussion, Autism and learning disabilities.  Positive effects of Neurofeedback have been found to be long lasting and without negative side effects.

Stanley, not his real name, is a businessman who struggled with managing the details of his business.  His ideas and his follow through were not always in balance, resulting in   missed opportunities.   Even though he was trying to study for an advanced program, his mind was not always in attendance and he was losing valuable time.  It was difficult to keep focused, manage appointments, business contacts, or the details of his paperwork. He felt like he was always playing catch-up.  If he was to be successful, he would have to be more mentally efficient. 

Efforts with medication were not helpful, due to their numerous undesirable side effects. Talk therapy was of limited value, since his lack of focus and follow through interfered with the goals of psychotherapy.  Nothing he tried seemed to have the positive lasting effect he desired.

After Stanley’s first session, he felt less edgy.  His energy and mood levels were more level and not rushed.  He was optimistic about the positive effects he was feeling from the first session.  Since neurofeedback involves brain wave training and balancing brain waves, he will need to continue treatment on a twice weekly schedule.  He finds time in his busy work schedule to attend sessions and reports longer positive treatment effects. 

Stanley’s progress continues satisfactorily.  If he plateaus in his treatment, we will do a quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) to uncover any other areas of brainwave imbalance that may be interfering with his progress.

With neurofeedback, it is not necessary for individuals to struggle with sub par performance when they can be on top of their game and successful.

Neurofeedback has been accepted as a level one treatment by the American Academy of Pediatriacs for ADD and ADHD. The quantitative electroencephalogram has been accepted by the FDA as a diagnostic instrument for ADD and ADHD

Louise (not her real name), an 8-year-old child from Bordentown, had difficulty with aggression, anxiety and interacting poorly with others.   She was unable to live at home with her siblings because of her extreme difficulty with behavioral and impulse controls. Being diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder, associated with early childhood trauma, there were significant behavioral concerns. Some of the behaviors she displayed include being easily distracted and fidgeting, lacking patience, getting in trouble frequently, having tantrums, defying rules, being excessively stubborn, angry, resentful, initiating fights, pushing others around and being physically cruel to others.

Her adoptive parents were not seeing progress in the placement she was in, and some problematic behaviors appeared to be escalating. They believed the setting was not a good fit for Louise, and they withdrew her.  Parents were hoping for an alternative to the myriad of medications and behavioral plans that seemingly were not effective in managing Louise’s behaviors. They were advised to consider neurofeedback as an option. 

They came to our office for neurofeedback, a form of brain wave biofeedback. After the initial treatment, parents noticed that she was much less impulsive in stores.  Behavior at restaurants was calmer around food issues. During the sessions she appeared calm and pleasant, reporting that she was feeling calmer.

Louise has completed 12 sessions and her social skills are already improving.  She is re-enrolled in a different less restrictive school and making satisfactory progress. Parents are very pleased with Louise’s progress so far and are looking forward to re-integrating her with the family shortly

It is very encouraging to see Louise make such great progress.  The expectation is that with continued treatment she will be able to live a more normal and happy life with her family and peers.  Her future appears much brighter with better emotional, and behavioral balance.

Diagnosing brain activity in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is essential in developing interventions, meaningful treatments and positive outcomes.  This has been made easier with information from research using electroencephalograms (EEGs), a recording of the brain’s electrical signals.  Research, lead by Sophie Molkolm at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, identifies processing deficits as part of the problem with the ‘autistic brain.’ Malcolm’s studies have established a relationship between the severity of a child’s autism and deficits in processing of sensory information. 

The quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) is a specialized analysis of the electroencephalograms that can take EEG information, compare it with the brain activity of normal age mates, and provide a visual diagram of the brainwave activity.  The information includes details about the individual’s efficiency of information processing or connectivity.

Clinicians incorporate QEEG data into specific neurofeedback treatment plans that address the identified processing deficits.  The specific treatment plan is carefully tailored to the needs of the individual and the improvements are remarkable.  These improvements include more efficient processing and functional skills.

Our office is equipped to provide QEEGs as a diagnostic tool for specific processing problems and neurofeedback as a treatment.    Progress is easily observed and easily measured by a re-evaluation using a QEEG after a period of time. 

Even though the brain changes slowly, progress with neurofeedback can be seen almost immediately.  Training needs to continue over time to reinforce more efficient neural pathways. Individuals and their families report positive and happier outcomes from keeping up with their treatment. These changes are permanent and can continue improving over time.

More information about QEEGs and autism can be found at the International Society of Neurofeedback Research website, ISNR.org.

Neurofeedback is also effective with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, head injuries and migraines.  

Noel (not her real name), an adult woman suffered from depression “all her life,” as she described it. Over the years, she had been under medical care with trials of many medications with little success.   During her first visit, her mood was low, and she could barely describe her situation without crying. Despite all the medication she was taking, she felt anxious, depressed, spacy, and vulnerable.   Her inability to focus and follow through satisfactorily with responsibilities gave her great concern for her job and possible demotion. Home life was another struggle with school age children needing the motherly attention that her limited mental energy could not allow. Her reservoir of energy had been on empty for such a long time, and she was feeling much less resilient.

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