submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Donny (not his real name), a 17-year-old high school student from Ivyland, was having difficulty with satisfactory progress in school achievement.
He complained about not being able to focus in class and was struggling with his grades.
His parents thought he seemed depressed.
He remained isolated, was unusually quiet, did not smile very much, appeared withdrawn, displayed moodiness and showed no interest in family or social activities.
Because he seemed timid and reserved, his parents were concerned.
Parents were aware of neurofeedback and were interested in a holistic medication free approach to his behaviors.
As part of his intake Donny took the ADHD test, which showed positive, and was included in his program.
After beginning neurofeedback, Donny began having more energy, felt calmer, more relaxed, happier and slept better.
His focus in class was improved which was a boost to his grades and helped his average as the year ended.
As he maintained treatment through the summer, he successfully started and completed a summer job and was able to start the school year on a positive note.
At the beginning of a new school year, Donny is finding his attention, concentration and focus are much better.
He is happier and more positive about his success this year and prospects for the future.
His parents see him smiling more and his participation in social activities has improved.
Neurofeedback is a medication-free approach that addresses anxiety, depression and ADHD using a system of rewards for more desirable brain waves.
The program is designed to train new positive brain patterns which are linked to improved behavioral, emotional and cognitive states.
After a period of training Donny will gradually wean off neurofeedback.
His brain will have learned new more desirable brain wave patterns and he can expect to experience a happier more successful future and college life.