ADHD and focus issues
Neurofeedback is not a treatment for ADD/ADHD . However, increased focus and attention is one of the most common benefits of neurofeedback. When a person’s brain is working well or 'more' optimized, their ability to manage and process information is improved which can have a positive effect on function, sensory filtering and coherence. It makes sense, when your brain clears out the patterns that are not current you're left with a clearer mind and focus has the space to come naturally.
If you're interested in improved focus and attention for kids check out the Kids and Neurofeedback page.
“This is the best thing that’s ever happened to him because he is more focused and confident. He analyzes things more now and considers cause and effect… now he knows there are circumstances and he won’t do that (behavior) because he’d rather get the reward. The biggest change I’ve seen is that he’s more confident and positive."
I love this young man's way of talking about ADHD. He is not my client but here's why I'm posting this:
1) It's very hopeful for what's possible for focus issues with neurofeedback brain training and
2) I also appreciate how clearly he explains ADHD. It helps other people to understand what it's like to live with this condition and I think it's even helpful for a person who has ADHD to understand themselves better.
What People are Saying
"Brain training makes my brain feel more organized. I have better access to my words after training which makes homework so much easier."
Is neurofeedback safe?
NeurOptimal® is approved by the FDA as a general wellness product so it is safe.
Why? Because nothing is being added to your brain. The training works by alerting your automatic functioning part of the brain to its own actions (this part controls the fear response, flight/flight/freeze, sleep, attentiveness, executive functioning, etc.) so it can ‘see’ its own maladaptive patterns. Because the brain is designed to be responsive to new information, when the Personal Trainer alerts the brain to its own functioning the brain will naturally tweak itself to be the most efficient and effective response. It’s as if the brain, upon being alerted to its own behavior says “hey, I’m about to produce a stress response when I’m sitting in a safe space. That’s not efficient or an appropriate response. I’m going to change what I’m doing.”
Why don't the effects wear off?
Training with NeurOptimal® is actually a learning task. You get results because your brain is actively learning, even if you are not doing the learning consciously. Like reading, once your brain knows how to read, it can’t “not know”. Your brain doesn’t forget. It may get rusty, but the effects of learning remain throughout your lifetime.
However, your brain is living tissue and you can— and will— get "knocked off" by stress, by chemicals, by alcohol, by an anesthetic, by the difficult daily lives we all seem to live. When that happens, a few booster sessions will get you back to where you were. A "neurofeedback trained brain" is quickly able to utilize the new sessions. It's as if the brain says "I know what to do with this!" and it goes through all the steps it went through in the weeks of initial training, but very rapidly. So you quickly get back into your good place.