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Biofeedback/neurofeedback for treatment

Hi again,

I just started seeing a psychologist to treat my severe ADHD - and I met my therapist, she said I have ADHD and anxiety.  She put me on biofeedback for 25 min on the first visit and said this will help me… 

I would love to hear if any of you have had experience with biofeedback and what do you know about it? 

All this is new to me. I am open to hear anything, I just want help and get better and have a good understanding of everything.

thank you

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Hello,

I am not sure why you are adamant that it is biofeedback NOT Neurofeedback.

I did some research and all neurofeedback clinicians are biofeedback clinicians first.

I only have experience with Neurofeedback.  I had severe hyperactive/impulsive type ADHD and severe anxiety/depression.

On my first session of NF, I was shocked by how relaxed I felt.  I call Neurofeedback a “massage for the brain”.  It was by far the most relaxing thing I have ever experienced (this said with being a pot smoker in high school and wine drinker as an adult).

I had total remission of my hyperactiveness, impulsiveness, anxiety, depression, and ruminating (circular thinking) from Neurofeedback.

I truly believe it is all about the brain.  It has been over 16 months since I started NF and the effects are lasting.  I am calm, grounded, linear thinking, balanced, and best of all the most optimistic I have ever been.

I spend more time in the here and now looking forward.  In the past, I was stuck looking backwards and replaying any and all grievances in my previous 49 years here on the planet.

I think giving this a good try is a positive.  The brain runs the show.  It is a much better show when the brain runs on track and is balanced.

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Apr 26, 2014 at 12:51am

wow, thank you for the response, What you said about your ADHD and hyperactivity and impulsiveness is exactly what I deal with.

I thought bio and neuro were different. My apologies.  I will change the topic then. I know very little and have a hard time really understanding it.

Did you feel a difference or a change the first time or it took a couple sessions?  I am curious. 

I am OPEN minded and want to try what works and do like to hear what things and type of approach works for different people.

what is interesting though, the neurofeedback, is produced through sounds or electrical waves? 
and I am deaf so I can’t hear whats happening or hear the voices of the biofeedback instrument.

Posted by 100 mph mind on Apr 26, 2014 at 1:13am

Hi Live & Learn,

I have to admit that I was on Ritalin for 6 months before I tried Neurofeedback.  With that said, I had 60% reduction in symptoms.  One reason I wanted to try Neurofeedback is that I found it depressing at night when the medication would wear off and symptoms returned. 

The beauty of Neurofeedback is the changes are permanent.  I have been off all medications now for 16 months (Ritalin and Wellbutrin for depression).  That to me is my greatest joy.  I am experiencing calm and balance naturally with no meds.

Neurofeedback is also something you only do short term.  You don’t have to do it forever.  However with that said, I have had a number of follow-up sessions to reinforce the new track my brain is now running on.

I am not sure about the sound factor, as you said you were deaf.  My first few sessions were both visual ans auditorial.  I basically watched a spaceship and moved it visually. 

I have to say I am excited for you.  I truly believe you are on the right track, either with biofeedback or Neurofeedback, or both. 

The fact that my brain ran off track for 49 years and quickly found a healthier mode goes to show the brain is amazing. 

I am not kidding when I say I operated at the cruising speed of jetliners 24/7.  Now I am permanently grounded and I am ecstatic, 

Please let me know how things go for you. 

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Apr 26, 2014 at 2:04am

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