Frank Duffy Quote
Frank Duffy, MD, Neurologist, Head of the Neuroimaging Department and of Neuroimaging Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School Professor, conducted an independent review of the literature on neurofeedback for Clinical Electroencephalography (2000). He summarized his findings as follows:
“The literature, which lacks any negative study of substance, suggests that EEG biofeedback therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used. "
Katie Campbell Daley Quote
In a recent paper Update on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder published in Current Opinion in Pediatrics Katie Campbell Daley reviewed the research and practice standards on treatment of ADHD. Dr. Campbell serves on the staff of the Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston and in the Department of Pediatrics of the Harvard Medical School. She concluded:
"Overall, these findings support the use of multi-modal treatment, including medication, parent/school counseling, and EEG biofeedback, in the long term management of ADHD, with EEG biofeedback in particular providing a sustained effect even without stimulant treatment...parents interested in non-psychopharmacologic treatment can pursue the use of complementary and alternative therapy. The therapy most promising by recent clinical trials appears to be EEG biofeedback."
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
A recent special issue of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America was devoted to emerging interventions that affect brain function. Neurofeedback was featured in seven of the ten chapters in the volume. The volume editors provided an overview and clinical perspective on all the approaches presented. About neurofeedback they concluded:
“EEG biofeedback meets the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry criteria for clinical guideline (CG) for treatment of ADHD, seizure disorders, anxiety (OCD, GAD, PTSD, phobias), depression, reading disabilities, and addictive disorders. This suggests that EEG biofeedback should always be considered as an intervention for these disorders by the clinician."
Vincent J. Monastra ADHD Study cited by WebMD
WebMD says that, although prescribing drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall are the most common way of managing ADHD -- and bring improvement in about 80% of patients, says the American Psychiatric Association - they are not without problems. Many children taking them suffer side effects such as sleep problems, weight loss, jitters, and stomach upset, and nearly half of those with some types of ADHD don't respond to the drugs at all. Some experts are also concerned with their long-term use.
A study, published in the December, 2002, issue of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, indicates that ADHD kids who had weekly sessions of traditional biofeedback therapy for a year were able to reduce or eliminate their medication - and maintained the same level of improvement in focus and concentration as when they had been on drug therapy.
Vincent J. Monastra, PhD, of the FPI Attention Disorders Clinic in Endicott, N.Y., studied 100 children 6-19 years of age with ADHD for a year, all of whom were taking Ritalin and had school and family counseling. But half of the children also had weekly EEG biofeedback therapy, in which they were hooked to a device that measures the activity of their brain waves. "At the conclusion of treatment, all of those who underwent biofeedback were able to cut their medications by at least half - and still enjoy the improvements they got from the drugs. And about 40% were able to discontinue their medication," he tells WebMD. "The kids who didn't get biofeedback needed to continue medication to sustain improvements."
Why biofeedback, which has shown success in treating a host of conditions including migraine and other headaches, chronic pain, digestive problems, hypertension and substance abuse? "Studies show that about 90% of ADHD kids have an under-arousal in activity in the front lobe -- the region of the brain that is involved in sustained attention, focus, concentration, and problem-solving," Monastra says. With biofeedback, the theory goes, ADHD patients can be "taught" to bolster activity in these brain areas.
In these sessions, Monastra's study participants were placed in front of a video screen whose characters moved only when the children produced a short but sustained burst of activity in those areas of the brain thought to be under-aroused. In essence, the 51 patients who got biofeedback played a video game that continued only when they exercised the portion of their brain that is deficient in the ability to focus and stay attentive.
"It's like physical therapy for the brain," explains Monastra, who has studied biofeedback's effect on ADHD for several years. "Every time they produced a half-second burst of activity over the frontal lobe, they were reinforced by the screen to continue."
After a year of study, the children in both groups showed improvement in attentiveness from medication and other treatments. But what happened when the researcher abruptly stopped their medication for a full week?
"If you didn't have the biofeedback and I took way your medicine," says Monastra, "you were back to square one -- your scores from a very thorough evaluation and medical exam indicated that you had significant problems. But if you had received biofeedback, scores on behavioral ratings of teachers and parents, scores on attention and EEG tests measuring brain activity remained in the normal range of what had been achieved with the drugs. In other words, the kids who got biofeedback maintained the gain they achieved with medication, even without the medication."
Please note that Neuro-Gen HPN neurofeedback typically takes one third to two thirds the number of sessions of traditional neurofeedback/EEG biofeedback, sometimes even less.
Quotes from a Neuro-Gen neurofeedback practitioner:
May 30, 2018
... these are the kids (and I adult) I've seen since I started treating again in February, 2018. All of these were treated with your system (Neuro-Gen)...
MR, a 16-yr-old boy For years he has fallen asleep in class, felt like he was wading through fog, has sensory issues and poor grades despite being very intelligent. He could only come once a week, but he no longer feels foggy, hasn't fallen asleep since we started working and his grades are so improved that he made the Honor Roll -- for the very first time in his entire school career.
IG, a 15-yr-old girl She hasn't been able to sleep for a year or so, despite never never ever having had a TBI or any other injury in her entire life according to her and her mother. As usually happens, it turns out that she did. She had climbed up on the kitchen table to reach a high cabinet, tripped, fell and did a face plant on the floor. Apparently following that one incident, she was unable to sleep until 3-4 am or later, shortly before she had to get back up for the school bus. Her mother who must get up at 4 to leave for her 5 am job, would find her awake and working at her computer. "Might as well because I can't sleep anyway." Now she is now falling asleep easily at 11 pm and sleeping through the night. Now she also reports that she has always been very clumsy ("I can trip over air") but notices that it has been less of a problem lately. She also reports longtime problems with math, especially in remembering the formulas. Suddenly she's able to remember them. "They're just 'there.' Which is GREAT!" she says. "Just in time for finals!"
SJ, 20-yr-old girl with disabling anxiety She was out of college for a year, with severe sleep disruptions due to nightmares of monsters attacking her and her family. She also had wildly irregular / missing menstrual periods, and extreme difficulty reading. As usual, she denies ever having had a head injury, but did admit to a night of over drinking and blacking out in the women's room. I treated her 7 times last August and sent her for a cranialsacral session. The nightmares dropped from nightly to once or twice a week, and her cycle normalized. She returned last week (Tuesday May 22) with no nightmares, a regular cycle, and reports from her Mom that she is constantly reading for FUN. In fact it was hard to pry her away from her Kindle to start the session. She still complains of fatigue so we will be doing more sessions until she leaves again for the summer in June. ****** JH 17-yr-old girl who has been in and out of the psych ward and on suicide watch for 2 years after an incident of sexual assault and severe bullying at school as the boy apparently made up CYA stories about her, resulting in former friends taking sides. When we started, her father reported that she wouldn't eat or drink (except chocolate and sodas), would not bathe or wash her hair, and her room was a disaster area. She was out of school, on home study. Her mother had quit work and all outside engagements to stay with her, even keeping watch outside the bathroom door. Two weeks later (tx 3x per week) her parents reported her remarkably more alert, interactive, and calmer. It was a strange mix of behaviors. For example, she threatened to kill herself if Dad didn't take her for a "conditioning treatment." When he stood his ground, she called her Mom with the same threat. Mom caved. But "conditioning" for what? Her hair, though it seemed unlikely that her main concern was to make herself a good looking corpse. The same night, she called multiple friends and cousins threatening to kill herself unless someone came and stayed the night with her. She's out of school. She's lonely. And behaving in a manner which has proven to get LOTS of attention. However, her parents felt that she was now sufficiently resilient for a serious talking-to. They have shut that behavior down with no severe consequences on her part. One day she started coming for appointments showered and shampooed with clean hair, perfect make-up and a change of clothes for later. She even curled her hair (until she realized that this was a waste of time if followed by 10-20 paste). That same day that she told me the NF wasn't doing anything (despite parents, friends, and teachers insisting that it was). "Nothing has changed," she said. "I'm glad you told me that," I replied. "Otherwise I wouldn't have noticed." According to friends, she says it's helping A LOT but ordered them to not to repeat that to her parents. So: She is off suicide watch, her grades are up, and she is making new friends at work, and getting back into life.
And from the past: The 11-yr old daughter of a CPA and a physicist who could not remember her multiplication tables, suddenly -- within the "3-6 session window of treatment" -- she could not only remember them, but also won the school Math Bee, complete with a certificate, a little statue, cash prize and tickets to the local amusement park. Recently, 5 years after her treatment, I heard from her mother who reports that the is "still" in the Honors Math program.
Client quote from a Neuro-Gen practitioner in Denver:
Alzheimer's pt. after only 6 sessions, says:
- "I don't feel so alientated from the outside world."
- "My anxiety is down."
- "My depression has lifted."
Client quote from a Neuro-Gen practitioner in Central Florida:
JC: "I can read better!! Thank you very much...as always!"
Several client quotes from a Neuro-Gen practitioner in Dallas/FW/Southlake area, Texas:
I was just letting you know about the extraordinary results I have been experiencing from my first treatment at the Neuro Brain Center of America. As you know after my heart attack of 1/3/2015, I began to have difficulty with my memory. I could not recall simple details, like what I had for lunch, the name of my favorite store, or when an event had happened and regrettably if it had happened. It was really affecting my job. I work with hundreds of clients every day and I started to forget conversations we had a day prior. I also was forgetting about opportunities and potential new business we had discussed. I started to train myself to take a lot of notes during client interactions and to review them daily.
I came to your facility the day before Thanksgiving, hoping your treatments would work, but not believing that anything could help my situation. The staff was friendly and attentive. I was brought back to one of the exam rooms where the tech did in my opinion "nothing". She first had me answer some questions and after administered treatment. She started with an infrared something or another and then finished with several attachments to my head. The therapy was instantaneous and I didn't feel a thing. This also led me to believe it didn't work. She informed me that in about 20 minutes I should start feeling the effects.
I am ashamed to say she was right. On the way home from the facility, I did notice that I was recalling my route home clearer and I did not need to look at my GPS. Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I did not stutter when I was trying to recall events or names. I was even able to recall the name of my favorite store, Trader Joes that had slipped my mind several times this past year. I also started to recall some conversations with clients and things that needed my attention. My wife, who was is very aware of my situation, was shocked to see how much more attentive to detail I was with my family.
A few other things I noticed are kind of shocking. I am a vocalist and this past year I have been having difficulty remembering lyrics and have been butchering songs. Recently, I have become very interested in some new music. One song in particular, has recently caught my attention. This past weekend, I listened to it a few times and read the lyrics once. On my way home the other day, the song came on the radio and I had no problem recalling the lyrics and melody. Also, I have been diagnosed with tinnitus, ringing in my ears, and have had ringing for the past several years. This past Sunday, I noticed something was different. The ringing was gone. The room was silent for the first time in a long time.
I was quite skeptical when I walked into your facility, but something has happened since my first treatment. I am looking forward to further treatments to see if I have more success, but I am grateful for the progress that has been made in such a short amount of time.
Thank you for your help!
SherrieAutism Spectrum Disorder, CPTSD, TBI, OCD, Addiction, Depression
My progress during the past four months with Global Brain Center have been significant in many ways. Here are the areas and manners in which I have felt the greatest improvements:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
If something startling occurs (sudden loud noises, etc.), I no longer remain ridiculously anxious and ready to cry for hours after the initial event. I can be outside in the rain without being overwhelmed and horrified by the sensation of the rain on my skin. I am no longer disconcerted when I see language used improperly. · I am better able to process inconsistent human behavior. If I see bright lights flashing, I no longer spontaneously burst into tears. I am wearing clothing other than my tactile “binky” clothing – no more Aspie uniform!
I am much less likely to be on alert and think the worst if I hear a sound I don’t immediately recognize I no longer have flashbacks. I do have memories, but these occur as something which I can objectively observe and analyze. Brushing my hair more frequently! When a manipulative person tries to make me question my memory and believe a lie, I no longer feel distress, but rather bemusement. This is new and most wonderful! If someone around me is upset, I still do get upset as well, but no longer completely despondent; no instant panic. I am able to function in the presence of someone else’s anger. I no longer pick up the slack when the angry person doesn’t berate me – no self-destructive inner dialog for hours on end! This is more helpful than words can describe.
Traumatic Brain Injury
I lose my balance less often, for which I’ll be most happy when winter and ice come!
I find that I can now break through repetitive thoughts and change the topic in my internal dialog. I feel far less compelled to fix things that appear to be in the wrong place
I am no longer compelled to binge when I arrive at a new location (I frequently work in other people’s homes for extended periods of time as a pet sitter).
My inner dialog is still nearly incessant, but it’s no longer negative. The effect of this seemingly simple change is HUGE. I no longer dread all the things that need doing and become nauseous when I first wake up. I simply notice that I’m awake. I also no longer cry myself to sleep. I simply conk out. I love this.
I am still very much a work in progress, but the improvements I’ve been able to experience give me great hope. I no longer feel a total loss of potential. I feel better equipped to navigate the labyrinthine emotional world of other people. My truest hope is to be able to better relate to my fellow human beings again and to be able to reenter the work force and function at increasing capacity.
Normal? I do not know how close I will come to “normal” – but better than I was will certainly do in a pinch!
MelaniePost Traumatic Stress Disorder
A psychiatrist after spect scans in 2002 told me, "Your daughter has the brain of someone with PTSD, she's had her Vietnam and now we have to put her on another medication to quiet her brain. I realized all the years of taking Ritalin and anti-psychotic medications had only made her ADHD worse. He also said the scans revealed an old brain injury for which no prescription or treatments were offered. After a concussion in February, 2005, which kept her out of work for two weeks, her condition slowly worsened. Frustrated, she took herself off all medication. A year later I told a physician friend that I planned to take her to Neurofeedback. It was the turning point in my daughter's life. A mind-mapping of her brain pinpointed the trauma from the recent concussion and evidence of poor electrical function in the front part of her brain. Treatments followed bi-weekly for about a year. My wife and I started to see our daughter come to life in front of our eyes. Her energy started to return, self-confidence improved and the interaction with friends and relatives became increasingly age-appropriate. People started to say - What have you done with Melanie? This is the best we have ever seen her!
Today she continues to improve and is truly a pleasure to be around.
Other quotes reported from Neuro-Gen HPN clinicians:
- One well-respected practitioner early in the protocol development reported that the new protocols “had made an unbelievable positive change in the personality of a girl who had been born prematurely, at 24 weeks.”
- A Ph.D. in the northeast reported that “the client can certainly feel the difference in impact between (older technology) and the Neuro-Gen software, getting the same impact with 3 sites as 6-7 sites of (older technology)”.
- Two clients noticed more change in fewer sessions, compared with (older technology).
- A practitioner in the northeast recently reported her stroke patient “can sleep now, is no longer depressed and suicidal, and has DOUBLED his laps in PT, stunning his docs.”
- Another practitioner in the Northeast recently wrote, "Corey Snook has provided a superb product that has undergone rigorous testing and evaluation. Both engineering and customer support have been outstanding, reliable, dependable, and of enormous benefit to me and my clients."
- A recent telephone conversation with a practitioner who had just experienced remarkable improvement in the symptoms of an ex-NFL player:
- Stroke a couple of years ago, left with paralysis in leg and fingers, severe word finding issues
- Diagnosed with dementia, likely to significantly worsen in the next year or two
- About to lose their home, since having to provide 24-hour care
- Within 7 sessions of Neuro-Gen HPN, had already begun to have use of fingers again, beginning to be able to speak once again.
- Demonstrating significant cognitive improvement. Tears streaming down cheeks as he began to regain use of his fingers.
- A recent male teen, severe ADD and Autism Spectrum. One-word sentences, when you could engage him. I could see a difference in him following the first session. Within 3 sessions, he began markedly to open up. By 10 sessions, over the course of one month, there was a dramatic turnaround. He was able to focus and study. He was engaging, conversant, and largely free of the stimming activity characteristic of Autism.
- I had very positive results over 20 sessions with a client who was experiencing anxiety, early developmental issues, and was suicidal. Medication and many years of talk therapy had accomplished little. She was significantly more functional, had found employment, and noticed that therapeutic interventions were beginning to be effective. Her relationships with both her son and husband improved significantly.
- Another practitioner relayed the experiences of another ex-NFL player with TBI symptoms that had dramatic improvement in symptoms over first 12 sessions.