A 45 year old female presented with complaints of moderate to severe depression, anxiety, confusion, fear, short-term memory loss, dysarticulation and difficulty concentrating. Her past medical history was significant for meningitis at the age of two years, environmental allergies, and four automobile accidents in which she sustained whiplash injuries between October, 1994 and May, 1996. She relates that her symptoms escalated after her auto accidents.
She had sought professional counseling as her primary treatment during the past ten years with little alleviation of symptoms. At the time she sought neurofeedback therapy, she was struggling to function as the owner operator of a small consulting firm. She was finding her work responsibilities and interpersonal relationships more and more difficult to maintain due to a decreasing ability to problem solve, lack of short term memory and dysarticulation. She appeared overwhelmed by the symptoms she was experiencing.
After she completed approximately four months of neurofeedback training, she described what she felt as a profound improvement in her symptoms. The depression had lifted and her outlook on life was good and one of manageability again. She described her mental alertness and clarity in thinking as being significantly improved. She was able to manage work and personal responsibilities with a new confidence that she had never known. She described herself as feeling grounded and centered. She felt like she could finally set goals and reach them.
Of course, not every patient who undergoes neurofeedback training gets this kind of change. However, we do find improved outcomes in approximately 85 to 90 percent of our clients. Consistency in treatment and a positive attitude are important for success.