submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Marge (not her real name) was a perky, attractive middle-aged woman. She was independent and wanted to stay on the top of her game. She enjoyed her job and felt good about having a meaningful lifestyle. Stress with family situations and job demands were causing her to feel overwhelmed as she tried to keep a positive attitude and maintain balance. Unavoidably, she found herself worrying and developing a depressed mood, making her routine seem burdensome.
The non-medication approach of neurofeedback was appealing to her as she wanted a more holistic approach with her health care. When Marge began neurofeedback, she described anxiety and depressed mood as her biggest concerns. Besides worrying less, she wanted to establish boundaries with others, instead of being everyone’s go-to person. Staying efficient at her job was necessary and important.
Marge began treatment with counseling, neurofeedback and autogenic training. She quickly began experiencing a positive state of mind and more confidence. Neurofeedback training and counseling reinforced her positive mood and thoughts.
Autogenic self-regulation training helped her feel more in control and stay in control. She began setting healthy boundaries with others. Gradually, as she showed improvement, her sessions were less frequent and she became more confident. She was able to recognize that her age would not slow down her alertness and efficiency. Instead, she felt mentally sharper.
Neurofeedback helps establish a habit of positive brain wave balance. With autogenic training, the individual learns to maintain control with external stressors. Individuals gradually change their lifestyle and coping strategies to a more positive approach.
Older individuals quickly recognize that their cognitive alertness and efficiency is a positive asset and they become more confident with their life experiences. Neurofeedback empowers cognitive efficiency at any age. No one is too old to have a sharper mind.