Neurofeedback isn’t a new science, but as it becomes more popular, there have been plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding it. Any time someone has problems with anxiety, depression or simply the inability to think straight at times, medication is often the preferred solution. When neurofeedback therapy gets brought into the discussion, patients sometimes balk at the idea because of misconceptions they heard about or read online. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions you may have heard about neurofeedback training.
Some people believe neurofeedback is a new technology since it has been a bigger topic of discussion in recent years. However, these new discussions are a direct result of technological advancements that have supported neurofeedback therapy. In reality, neurofeedback has been around for several decades and has been the focus of numerous studies from the very beginning. So if neurofeedback training gets brought up as a suggestion for you, then you can feel confident knowing it’s not a new phenomenon.
General doctors go to school and train on types of medication. And while most doctors have heard about and may be very familiar with neurofeedback, it’s possible they simply aren’t qualified enough to give advice on the topic. Your family doctor may not be the best person to talk to about neurofeedback, so the best resource is usually a specific provider and also your own research, as long as you’re getting the information from a reputable source.
You won’t know how effective neurofeedback therapy is until you try it. Even if you have a friend or loved one who has tried it without experiencing positive results, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. Everyone is unique, so it’s important to be open-minded when going through training. Results aren’t guaranteed, but it is guaranteed that you won’t see any positive results if you don’t try it.
Neurofeedback is actually nothing like shock therapy. It’s a non-invasive training that helps the brain identify when something is out of balance. Brain activity is recorded throughout the process and helps people see when the brain was functioning correctly during the training. Sensors are placed on the head during the session, but there is no discomfort or pain associated with it.
Kay Spears is here to help debunk any myths or misconceptions about neurofeedback in general. There is a lot of information available online, which makes it difficult to determine what is factual or not. While it’s important to read about experiences from other people, it’s also important to keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to treatments. We treat every person individually and are here to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us at any time to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how neurofeedback training could help you.