Neurofeedback therapy has been shown to be very beneficial for treating things like anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, concussions, sleep problems, strokes, brain surgery, movement disorders, and more. Katherine Ellison, a journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, tried neurofeedback therapy and explained that she was able to learn more about how ADHD affected her brain and how she could better control it. She stated that her session involved looking at a screen with a beautiful field of flowers. Her explanation to the National Public Radio (NPR) was this:
“When my brain responded the way it was supposed to, the field would burst into color. I’d hear bird song and beautiful flowers would bloom, but when I got distracted or when I got a little bit more sped up, the flowers would wilt. It would turn gray, and I’d know that I needed to work a little harder.”
According to Psychology Today, neurofeedback therapy involves watching some sort of computer or monitoring device while having electric sensors to give information as to what is going on in the brain and body. Through this, neurofeedback therapy will provide you information about your brain and how it works. As you continue with the sessions, you will better be able to connect some of the pathways in the brain that were dysregulated.
Neurofeedback therapy is a completely non-invasive treatment that reads, not inputs, neural activity in the brain. Research is still being conducted to prove the effectiveness of neurofeedback therapy, but many people attest to its benefits. For example, one person stated,
“I have tried a variety of treatments…neurofeedback is the only thing that has really helped me feel good. I no longer crave alcohol, very rarely get depressed or feel bad about myself – even at a challenging time in my life. I have learned to take small steps, enjoy life, be happy, and be me, something I had trouble with.”
Neurofeedback therapy is said to be conducted over a series of weeks, with many people ranging from 20-40 sessions. However, results vary by person, and you’ll never know if it could provide some benefit to you unless you try it. Speak with someone today to learn even more about this form of treatment and to see if it would be a good fit for you.
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