submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
High school was a rough ride for Roberta (not her real name); life was an emotional roller coaster. Grades at school were always in an up and down cycle, and emotional difficulties kept her off balance with friends.
Home life was a constant struggle. It seemed all areas of life were an enormous challenge, and it was difficult to sustain any equilibrium or stability for more than a week or so.
Medication helped somewhat, but was not effective in maintaining a happy lifestyle. Tears punctuated daily life and flowed frequently, as frustrations affected every area of her life. After graduation, she watched sadly as friends made plans to go to college.
Where was her future? She wondered if she had any, which added to her tears. She was becoming more lonely watching everyone else move on with their lives, while she struggled with finding her interests.
After learning about neurofeedback, Roberta agreed to an initial free consultation. Encouraged by the effect, she agreed to continue the treatments. Gradually, as she began to improve, her tears lessened, her mood swings became less severe, and she began talking about career goals.
After seeing improvement in her coping skills, her doctor agreed to lower the medication dosage. It was a pleasure to see her smile more and think more positively about herself and her future. She enrolled in some courses at the community college with specific career goals.
She is moving forward with her life and loving it. Roberta remains committed to neurofeedback and the stability she is achieving in her life.
She now has the confidence to look forward to a brighter, more independent future.
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that helps restore brain balance in many disorders, including depression and anxiety, often reducing or eliminating the need for medications.