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Adult ADHD: a cinch for neurofeedback

submitted by Maria Di Donato DEd, BCN, PA Licensed Psychologist, PA/NJ Certified School Psychologist

Edward, a family man from Levittown, reported experiencing a stroke during Covid.  He had trouble moving his legs, a frozen facial expression, and a curled-up arm.

He noticed that he was forgetful with short- and long-term memory issues, and not recalling conversations.  He would use the wrong word when speaking and reported brain fog. 

He reported multiple concussions as a child playing football and getting hit in the head at play.  He believes he always had ADHD with focusing and concentrating always being a problem. 

Sleep was always restless, and he woke up frequently during the night.  He reported that he was not as efficient as he would like at his job, which he believed was partially due to the ADHD issues.

He was hoping neurofeedback would help him be more efficient at work. As part of his intake, Edward was given a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG).

This was necessary because of the stroke and prior concussions. 

A qEEG is a diagnostic tool to help locate any areas of dysregulation and brain wave imbalances that are affecting his cognitive skills, processing and attention problems.  From the results of the qEEG a treatment plan was developed to help restore normal brain function. 

After his first session, Edward reported sleeping well and waking up feeling refreshed. He noticed he felt a little more alert. 

After a few sessions, he reported feeling more awake and attentive to things around him. He reported better job performance and improving eating habits.

During sessions he appears calmer and more relaxed. He happily reported that he is losing weight and is having fewer memory lapses. 

Neurofeedback, a form of biofeedback, uses a system of rewards to produce brainwaves that are more consistent with balanced cognitive and behavioral functions. 

Once learned, the brain will continue to produce the new patterns, resulting better lifestyle and balanced cognitive skills. For more information about Achievement & Wellness Center, call (215) 321-9502.

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