What results do we obtain?
There may be significant reductions in symptoms across a wide range of conditions and issues, such as pain, fatigue, distractibility, sleep – 50% improvement in 20 sessions or less ( see 100 person study at Stone Mountain Center). For example, with Anxiety, there may be a lessoning of episodes and panic attacks; with Depression, increased responsiveness and energy; in a child diagnosed with ADHD, reduced distractibility, impulsivity, hyperactivity, with more successful academic performance at school.
Are the treatment effects permanent?
Gains tend to be retained and persist after treatment has been discontinued. If a patient stops treatment prematurely because of ‘early success’ there may be a resumption of old symptoms and patterns, which can usually be addressed in more robust patients in a few sessions.
Can you have neurofeedback if you’re on medications, prescription drugs?
Those determined to be medically stable and on a stable dosage may participate. Many patients who come to neurofeedback are on, or have a history of being on meds or prescription drugs. Decisions, such as, to begin or continue neurofeedback, are made between the patient and his/her physician. Over the course of neurofeedback treatment the patient may find their need for medication changes, and that, under a physician’s guidance, dosages can be tapered or even eliminated.
Can there be side effects with neurofeedback?
Occasionally, temporary symptoms of feeling wired or fatigue associated with the brain reorganizing, disrupting old compensating habits, are reported, while a new homeostasis is established, and which typically are brief.
How many treatments does it take?
Initial progress for more robust patients can be seen in under 10 sessions. There are various considerations, such as severity, onset, duration of symptoms, family history, medical condition and complexity of issues that may require 20 sessions or longer to address, and for the nervous system to adapt. However, surprisingly quick results can be seen, for example, in sufferers of Traumatic Brain Injury, and a sense of the former self may return.