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    Neurofeedback can make high school less stressful

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

    Trishia (not her real name), a high school student from West Windsor struggled with ADHD, anxiety and panic attacks. She was a good student, but she reported also being disorganized with schoolwork.

    She reported losing things, having difficulty completing tasks, being easily distracted, unmotivated, having low energy, being forgetful, getting bored and frustrated easily, and avoiding tasks requiring sustained attention, lacking patience and being easily annoyed. She also participated in school sport, but anxiety and panic attacks were a problem for her performance.

    Her parents decided to try neurofeedback on the recommendation of a friend.

    Despite being a good student at school, she had a lot of anxiety about her schoolwork and task completion. In sports, she believed she was not doing her best either, and she wanted to improve her performance there as well.

    Trishia started neurofeedback to address her anxiety and her ADHD symptoms. She reported high levels of anxiety, inattention and agitation at the beginning.

    After just a few sessions she appeared calmer and happier.

    She began reporting lower levels of anxiety and feeling calmer most of the day, as well as becoming more organized. She also began exploring her relationships with others and making improvements.

    Her panic attacks became less frequent, and she was able to use learned coping strategies to manage her relationships.

    Self-awareness and learned calming strategies were part of her counseling program and worked well for her. 

    By using the training from neurofeedback and more positive coping strategies, Trishia improved her studies as well as in her sports performance; becoming more confident and more enthusiastic in her life activities.

    Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, medication-free form of biofeedback that rewards the brainwaves responsible for more positive behaviors and emotional states and promotes a more permanent approach to positive lifestyles.

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