Long Term Benefits of NFB
One of the questions parents most commonly ask doctors (about use of medication for ADHD, depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric issues for their children or themselves) is, ‘Will I have to take this for the rest of my life?’
It can be a disconcerting idea to be chained to a drug for years if not decades. Plus, there are concerns about long term side effects when something is used for so long. And drugs such as for depression, anxiety or ADHD are not curing anything, and instead just last a handful of hours and then another pill has to be taken the following day.
Psychological counseling does not have side effects the way drugs do. But it has some drawbacks too. Probably the biggest is simply finding the right counselor. In round numbers, it is a 50/50 proposition, as to the likelihood of ‘hitting it off’ and the counselor helping. And it is hard to determine this instantly, and instead considerable time and money gets invested before it becomes apparent whether or not the therapy will be helpful. The idea of going to it for months or years turns a lot of people off too. Neurofeedback is different. The idea behind it is that once your brain is trained, it stays so. And after a few months of sessions no more are needed. This is not to say that no further problems will arise in your life and that you will never slip backward again. We’re all human, and have our difficulties. The stress of marriage, divorce, death of family or friends, financial difficulties, unemployment, and the like can all take a toll. But once over such issues, the trained brain can get back into shape. And on rare occasion, some booster sessions can be had if need be.
Consequently, a key benefit of neurofeedback over other approaches for dealing with our problems is that it is fairly brief and consequently less expensive, and more permanent.