submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D. Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center
Carl, a college student from Warminster, has been receiving treatment for ADHD, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. When he first started treatment, he was engaging in multiple types of repetitive behaviors in hand washing, dressing and self-care. Anxiety levels were very high, and he had difficulty working through stressful situations. Focusing, concentration and task completion were also a problem that interfered with his academic progress and social interactions at school. Even though he was taking several medications to manage his symptoms, he appeared to make little progress even with medication prior to coming for treatment. Since Carl was in high school, his parents voiced concerns for these issues negatively affecting his future direction. They decided to start neurofeedback to give him a boost for his educational and career opportunities.
From the onset, Carl was very conscientious about coming for treatment and began to make steady progress for his symptoms. Gradually, as his compulsive behaviors began to diminish, he appeared happier and hopeful. As he became less anxious, he was able to socialize more with his friends.
When ADHD behaviors were addressed, he made significant progress with task completion and academic progress. Because of his improvements with neurofeedback, his ADHD medications were withdrawn. He appeared happier and was more motivated in school. He is now in college, and he is experiencing success both academically and socially. The positive changes he is making in his lifestyle are very rewarding to him. Meanwhile, he is making progress towards a career goal that he has been hoping to achieve.
Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that rewards the brain waves that are responsible for positive emotional and behavioral balance. Over time, the positive brainwaves that are rewarded are generalized and the new behaviors become more permanent. It’s a pleasure to see neurofeedback help individuals take control and have successful careers and more rewarding lives.