Robert, not his real name, was a high school student from Ewing with anxiety and depression. His parents recognized it and were troubled because he was becoming very withdrawn from his family. Mother reported Robert appeared lonely, moody, displayed no interest in things, and was unusually quiet. He seemed to have poor performance and showed no self-confidence. He did not seem himself, spent a lot of time alone and had a very poor appetite. Parents were also concerned with school performance and his apparent lack of motivation.
After seeking medical attention, parents were uncomfortable with starting medication and Robert agreed to start neurofeedback. His self-reports indicated that he felt agitated and had confused thinking. He reported that he also had problems focusing in class.
After the first neurofeedback session, he reported sleeping better, feeling happier, calmer and more relaxed. Anxiety and depression became less frequent during the day. Mother reported he was less moody and was spending more time with the family. He began to appear more alert in session. Over time, as his mood gradually improved, he began to smile more in sessions. He seemed to be more open to communicate. After a while, we were able to address his focusing problem with an ADHD evaluation, and training for ADD was successfully added to his program.
As he experienced school progress, Robert became more hopeful and optimistic about his future and college plans. During the lockdown this year, he continues to maintain satisfactory academic progress with virtual classes. He remains positive about his future
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that rewards the brain for producing the more desirable brain waves. Over time, positive and more desirable brain waves result in better behavioral and emotional states. Individuals experience long term positive results which may be permanent.
PHOTO CAP: Dr. Maria DiDonato, psychologist