Over the past nearly 20 years, I have worked successfully with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders using neurofeedback. There are times when anxiety is secondary to a learning or social problem. If a person has a problem with their brain, they cannot trust their brain function and conclusions, which is very anxiety provoking. This is especially true if these challenges have been happening for a long time. In this case, it is necessary to address the neurological underpinnings of the learning problems as well as the anxiety.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is characterized by obsessive, repetitive behaviors and compulsions, and the inability for the person to control these impulses. Ritualistic behaviors develop over time as a result, and often end up heavily controlling the lives of those suffering. Plagued with troubling thoughts, a person with OCD will take action in an attempt to temporarily ease their mind. Ritualistic behaviors develop over time as a result, and often end up heavily controlling the lives of those suffering.
Mother of David*, age 18, describes improvements after neurofeedback sessions:
"David is almost nineteen years old. At 245 pounds, he’s a big boy. Sometimes he acts like a giant 3 year old, although he can find any obscure website effortlessly. His interests range from sports to Bill Nye to obnoxious games and comedy shows. Which he likes to repeat. A lot. His biggest problem is expressive language. All the words seem to be in there, but they don’t come out in the form of sentences. Besides, as far as he’s concerned, I’m psychic, so communicating in short hand is adequate.
We’ve done the usual gamut of therapies – special diets, supplements, sensory therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, and even the drug rout when he was younger. The drug therapy made him easier to manage in school but nothing else. Diet and supplements improved his overall health - he has asthma - but it wasn’t enough to boost his language, and he had a number of residual problems that didn’t budge, including chewing on his hands and toe walking.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) categorizes a group of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect about 1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys, making it the most rapidly growing developmental disorder in the US today. One of the most notable characteristics of someone affected by autism is difficulty communicating or socializing with others, even in early infancy. Repetitive and limiting behavior is another common, recognizable quality that may point to ASD, although symptoms vary greatly.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics supports Biofeedback rating efficacy at ‘Level 1, Best Support’”
September 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics analysis of Evidenced-Based Child and Adolescent Interventions
"Dr. Ross and the staff of Advanced Neurotherapy possess a combination of skills and competence unusual in the field of Neurotherapy. Their highly evolved technical and clinical skills provide for a powerful application of this tool."
Dr. Barry Sterman, founder of the field of Neurofeedback Professor Emeritus of Neurobiology and Biobehavioral Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine