I want to share my support for neurofeedback as an effective treatment modality for the treatment of depression, anxiety, autism, PTSD, TBI, and ADHD and the symptoms that accompany these diagnosis.
I have experienced the benefits of neurofeedback for the treatment of my own depression, PTSD and TBI. It was an effective treatment and supported me in no having to use psychotropic medication and endure the side effects of medication.
On a professional level, as a clinical social worker that worked with children that were having difficulties socially, emotionally and academically in the school system, I referred families to neurofeedback along with other treatment options. Many parents did not want their children on psychotropic medications. Some of the children had been on medication and/or medications with varying results. Some children could not tolerate the side effects. Some children had positive results for short time and then the medications stopped working or the side effects became intolerable with increased dosages when tolerance had increased.
I have witnessed excellent results from neurofeedback treatment in children that have followed through with treatment. One example is that of a child with autism. This child had such high anxiety that he would often use various avoidance tactics to avoid coming to school and would also become physically ill with anxiety when it was nearing time to go to school. In addition to anxiety he also was agitated, inattentive and as socially awkward and was unable to decipher social cues. He experienced very little success at the school academically or socially, even though he was intelligent. He was often teased by his peers for his social awkwardness. This child’s parents took him to neurofeedback to treat his anxiety and inattentiveness. The child, his parent’s, his teacher’s and I witnessed a reduction in his level of anxiety and inattentiveness. He did not avoid coming to school as much and was rarely tardy due to avoidance. As he continued with his treatment, I also witnessed a dramatic improvement in his social interactions and academic success. He made more eye contact, he participated in two way conversations with peers instead of reciting information back. As he picked up on social cues he behaved in a more age appropriate and socially acceptable manner, his peers stopped teasing him and he started making friends.
This is one of the many successes I’ve seen with treatment of neurofeedback by Dr. Bell. Neurofeedback fixes the problem instead of medicating the problem and is less expensive over a lifetime.
Sincerely,Stephanie Kelly, MSW, LISW,