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Head trauma mellows with neurofeedback

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

Jodi (not her real name), an adult woman from Princeton, was unexpectedly attacked and assaulted by several women at a concert.

She was beaten around the head multiple times before help could arrive.

She was able to identify two of her assailants, nevertheless she suffered significant damage from the injuries she sustained.

Afterwards, she began experiencing migraine headaches, vivid dreams of the traumatic event, feelings of being off balance, hypervigilance, being easily startled, and easily fatigued.

She reports being disorganized, procrastinating, making careless errors, having difficulty learning and remembering, being fearful of events and difficulty sleeping.

Even though Jodi went to several counselors she was unsuccessful in coping with the sequelae of her traumatic experience.

Because she was unable to have real progress with her recovery, she was feeling as though she would never be able to live a normal life.

She became interested in neurofeedback inadvertently while attending another’s treatment program and inquired about its effectiveness with her head injury.

We began with a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG) in order to determine the extent and location of any injuries.

Once treatment was started, Jodi began to feel better immediately.

She reported being able to sleep better, having more energy, feeling less hyper, more calm, better concentration, happier, more awake and alert and a general feeling of well-being.

Overall, Jodi was becoming very optimistic about her ability to overcome the trauma.

She appears happier and sounds more positive about her future.

Neurofeedback is a type of brain wave biofeedback that is effective with head trauma because it helps re-regulate the brainwaves by rewarding the positive brain waves and inhibiting the negative dysregulated waves.

Eventually, the brain learns and maintains the new brain wave patterns, producing better emotional and behavioral states in the individual that allows them to live a happier lifestyle.