Brain training CDs/Neurological feedback any good for treatment?

Being new to this site, I think I am posting stuff in the wrong places - so this is a duplicate of a 'comment' I posted.

Has anyone had experience with SharperPrograms? (http://www.sharperprograms.com/) or Ace Clinics? (http://www.aceclinics.com/ADHD). They both sound good, but I'm a bit suspicious of brain improvement type CDs. Thanks.
 

aking2's picture

Neurofeedback

Hey Frodo,

I too am interested in the neuralfeedback therapy option.  I specifically found a therapist that offers this option coupled with the standard therapy (CBT).  I will keep you advised how effective I find it.  I read the book "Symphony of the Mind" and they mention some of the CD therapies available, but it is a book more tailored to understanding the history, both pro and con, of the therapy.  Let me know what you find out about Sharper Programs or Ace Clinics.

aking2

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More info...

Hi

I've been reading a very interesting blog from Dr Charles Parker, all about the brain / body / neurotransmitters / adhd / brain injury. I'm only up to 2008, but I've done  a search, and this is his latest info on neurofeedback on ADHD. http://www.corepsychblog.com/2009/06/neurofeedback-with-kurt-othmer-on-corepsych-radio/

I like Dr Parker's comment (from the comments section) on how NFB is usually not the whole solution:

My own take:
Meds are often insufficient alone,
NFB can be insufficient alone,
Supplements often don’t close the deal alone,
Neurotransmitter adjustments also need lifestyle and perhaps some med changes.

 

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charles parker

Sapphyre,

I just finished a book about meds by charles parker.  My overall conclusion is this:  Humans have unique biological, mental and emotional makeups.  Therefore, it takes a team of doctors to find a set of treatments for that unique person. It also requires  patients to follow through on recommendations and report the effect.  On top of cooperation, the patient needs to realize that having a healthy lifestyle will increase his chances for success.

It seems to me that the more severe the ADD, the more important it is to have a comprehensive treatment plan for the biological, mental and emotional issues.  Treating the biological with an effective medication may help some, but without psychological help, etc ADD will continue causing pain to the Adder and those who love him.  

Brenda  

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I've been trying to get hubby to therapy for years.

Thanks Brenda; I was wondering if anyone on here had got the book.

I too have long considered that it strange that medicines try to treat us as though we are all the same. We are not. My father, for example, usually needs twice the maximum dose of whatever meds he takes, otherwise they are ineffective.

Hubby had a very bad experience with a child psychiatrist when he was in early junior high. (Not only did this geek not figure out hubby had ADHD or whatever it was called back in the early 80s, he prescribed what I consider sleep deprivation therapy to resolve a room cleaning issue!)

So, this is his excuse for not going to therapy... or it's too far, or whatever.

On the good side, in the last two weeks hubby has starting going to a mutual self-help group called GROW, and has started an on-line help program for his panic attacks. Babysteps and reduced anger / more listening from me seem to be helping. It's a slow, slow journey we are on, but I think we are finally moving forward.