What Physicians Say

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WHAT PHYSICIANS AND OTHERS SAY ABOUT EEG BIOFEEDBACK . . . .
“It improves seizures, depression, low self esteem or congenital head injuries, and it helps the ‘craziness’ that often comes with these . . . Patients report they sleep better, feel better, they don’t have seizures, they are more in control, and that they get more work done. It helps with closed head injury patients. It helps with chronic neurologic disease, where there is no active injury but there are problems with normal functioning. We’ve had success with multiple sclerosis, with toxic encephalopathy (for example, chemical poisoning interfering with neurologic functioning), with chronic pain, migraines and fibromyalgia. And of course, we get very good results with ADD.”

– Jonathan Walker, M.D., Neurologist, Dallas, TX

“In my experience with EEG Biofeedback and ADD, many people are able to improve their reading skills and decrease their need for medication. Also, EEG biofeedback has helped to decrease impulsivity and aggressiveness. It is a powerful tool, in part because the patient becomes part of the treatment process by taking more control over his own physiological processes.” (pp. 143-144)

– Daniel Amen, M.D. Change Your Brain Change Your Life

“Among the newer approaches to managing ADD, the most exciting is a learning process called neurofeedback. It empowers a person to shift the way he pays attention. After more than twenty-five years of research in university labs, neurofeedback has become more widely available. This is a pleasing development, because neurofeedback has no negative side effects.” (Page 205)

– William Sears, M.D. The A.D.D. Book

“In my own practice, I’ve used neurofeedback in a comprehensive medical treatment program to help more than 1,000 patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When combined with supportive therapies such as family counseling and educational therapy, EEG neurofeedback is the most effective treatment available. Critics of EEG neurofeedback hold this treatment to more rigid standards than drug treatments. Yet unlike drugs, neurofeedback is benign.”

– David F. Velkoff, M.D.
Medical Director Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Los Angeles
Physician’s Weekly POINT/COUNTERPOINT July 13, 1998 Vol. XV, No. 26

“Used selectively for patients, it is a very good tool. For psychiatry, this is an area to look into. Not everyone gets better with Prozac, or other drugs. This is a biological intervention that gets the brain firing. I’ve only used Neurofeedback on a limited basis so far, I’ve gotten good results in my private practice with depression. I’ve also gotten good results with some children we have used it for. I would like to do more with it.”

– Terry Cook, Psychiatrist, New South Wales, Australia
EEG Spectrum International Affiliate

“In my 38 years of practice, I have never seen any treatment that comes close to producing the results that Neurofeedback offers . . . I have seen results achieved in days and weeks that previously took months and years to achieve, using the best methods available to us.”

– Jack Woodward, M.D, Board Certified Psychiatrist, Clayton
EEG Spectrum International Affiliate

“This is one of the broad reach of tools available, and it’s a good tool. Like any tool, it doesn’t work for everyone, but it does benefit most people. It accelerates symptom removal and the development of healthy self-regulation — meaning it helps the patient’s own body make the proper adjustments. “

– Dr. Thomas Brod, Psychiatrist, Los Angeles, CA
EEG Spectrum International Affiliate

From the Desk of Barry Belt, Psychologist
There have been over twenty years of published research studies and thousands of anecdotal case histories which document the effectiveness of biofeedback in the treatment of ADD. Perhaps more importantly, there have been no published studies which negate the effectiveness of EEG biofeedback. During the past several years, many medical professionals have written books about the benefits of biofeedback for a variety of disorders. In addition, many psychiatrists and neurologists have added EEG biofeedback to their practices. Despite this support, physicians and health care professionals will often discourage clients from pursuing EEG biofeedback. The skepticism from health care professionals appears to stem from their lack of education, experience and expertise in EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback), rather than issues regarding the effectiveness of the treatment. Consequently, it is strongly recommended that when another health care professional or physician disputes the therapeutic value of biofeedback for the treatment of ADD, you ask them to identify the origin of their disapproval and suggest an exploration of the relevant scientific papers on this site.

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