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Neurofeedback can help ensure college readiness

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Henry (not his real name), a college-age student from West Windsor, took a gap year from college because of attention issues and overwhelming anxiety, both of which eroded his confidence about being successful in college. 

Counseling and medication were somewhat helpful, but he was unsure of being able to manage the rigors of college life and his ability to succeed.

Some of the issues Henry was reporting included procrastinating, being easily distracted, having difficulty remembering, avoiding tasks that required sustained attention, and concentrating.

He reported frequent panic attacks, worried excessively, and had a fear of death or dying. He was often upset, generally fearful, and bothered by persistent thoughts. He had difficulty falling asleep, and woke up frequently during the night. 

On a recommendation from a family friend, Henry decided to try neurofeedback. He hoped neurofeedback would help him be better prepared for college in the fall.

During his first visit, he reported feeling calmer. Over the first few visits, he began to report feeling less anxious, sleeping better, being less hyper, and having a feeling of well-being.

Over time, his periods of calm and relaxed focus lasted longer and longer and he was able to enjoy more of his life’s activities. Gradually, as he became more balanced, he began looking forward to college.

Henry is hopeful and optimistically looking forward to going away to college and beginning his freshman year. He reports feeling confident about being able to calmly and successfully manage the academic responsibilities he will be facing.

Neurofeedback is a very effective program that rewards more positive brain waves that are associated with calmer and more balanced functioning.  

Along with a counseling component, neurofeedback is helpful as a medication-free alternative to many emotional and behavioral issues that are detrimental to individual success.