There are times in all our lives when we need a hand up or an encouraging word to get us over a difficult time. People with ADD or ADHD sometimes need a little more. Even though it was not diagnosed as such, people have suffered with ADD and ADHD since time began. They were called lazy, unmotivated or stupid and some have ended up in prison due to anger issues leading to destructive outcomes. There are fortunate ones who struggled but found coping mechanisms to help them through the fog or the hyperactivity. Over time, some found by adulthood that they could rely on their spouses or assistants to help them through areas of struggle. Then came along computers, apps, medications. Some with very good outcomes, some not so much. Presently, we have technology that is designed to help. It is called neurofeedback, EEG biofeedback or brain therapy. Neurofeedback addresses the issue of brain dysregulation, which includes ADD and ADHD as well as anxiety and depression.

At Alabama Focus Center, Tess Powers offers neurofeedback alongside cognitive behavior therapy for children and adults. Neurofeedback allows the individual, whether they suffer from ADD, ADHD, anxiety or depression to receive feedback from their own brain. There is nothing that goes into the body or any tricks to learn. It is a simple process of the brain being allowed to acknowledge the vast scope of all it can do and to learn how to regulate itself to work more calmly and more efficiently allowing the person – sometimes for the first time - an opportunity for improved personal, social, professional and academic success.

As a client goes through the process of training their brain, Tess also teaches how diet affects the brain, the importance of regular exercise, healthy sleep, proper breathing, screen limitations and the necessity of positive feedback from the people within the world of the client. Tess encourages the family to reinforce these practices by adopting and modeling a healthy lifestyle as a healthy family strongly encourages a healthy individual.

Even though the principles behind neurofeedback is simple, the technology is not. We now have decades of research and the brightest minds in science have discovered and continue to discover answers deep within an organ that has been a mystery for centuries. We have technology that allows us to delve deeply inside the brain’s previously mysterious ridges and curves to actually see why people have issues with attention, anxiety, depression, etc.We are fortunate to have an international community of people willing to continue to work diligently within this field which has proven that neurofeedback leads to lasting changes in attention. While neurofeedback is never considered a cure because there is no disease with brain dysregulation.

When dysregulation is the problem, teaching the brain to function better, thus self regulating, can definitely be considered a successful therapy. Neurofeedback takes time and patience along with the adoption of a few healthy habits, but it is a small price to pay to be “normal”. What therapists who practice neurofeedback hear most often from their clients is: “For the first time in my life, I feel like myself!"

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