Bipolar symptoms disappear after Neurofeedback treatment
My Bipolar Disorder made me feel dead but through Neurofeedback I was brought back to life. Cells in my brain have been revived. As though tans-formed by the renewing of my mind through stimulation of the brain.
In 1990 I ended up in Townhill following manic episodes that left my family with no alternate but to have me admitted to a mental institution, revisited in 1991. Since then, a host of alternative choices of medication have been my only sanity for more meaningful, but never certain durations of time. Variations in doses and types and adjustments of levels of stabilizers and anti-depressants are the recorded history of my sad trail of my Bipolar Disorder. There were some basic medical and natural processes that helped keep me stay out of hospital, but never enough, as there was still something majorly wrong, that labeled the chronic condition, PERMANENT.
I used to feel confused, had strange dreams and night-mares, was sleeping restlessly, easily distracted, had a messy handwriting, and was filled with anger and agitation that had no choice but to bring on depression and anxiety. My body, mind and soul were just tired of relentless fear and failure.
Understandably after trying everything that is commonly available, feeling that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, I was blaming everything and everyone but myself, for my impatient, irritability with mood swings and felt like a spoilt brat with a rather low self-esteem.
Then Neurofeedback treatment was introduced. Compared to being institutionalized, subjected to sleep therapy, and numerous periodic blood level tests, Neurofeedback has been a visit to Disneyland by comparison. The only negative symptoms were a form of exhaustion after each brain exercise treatment session, and the length of time between treatments was too long. I could have lived in the clinic in the beginning, because there was suddenly more meaning to life. I looked forward to follow-up treatments, because there was always something new to appreciate after each session. While wrestling with bad habits and taking responsibility for better behavioral patterns is no walk in the park, it is not as though I felt consciously responsible for making any of the changes happen. While recovering, there are understandably life adjustments that have to be embraced to be able to move on e.g. before, any form of physical exercise was just impossible. In time however, starting with taking baby steps around the smallest block grew to an appreciation for and embrace of a regular routine that includes occasional running now.
Without detailing the list of undesirable habits eliminated, it is suffice to say that all the traumas associated with each of the old sickness symptoms as mentioned earlier, make normal life an absolute pleasure. This is the simplest way for me to state the last 6 to 8 months of still improving life, without the use of any chronic medication to stabilize me, nor any need for anti- depressants. The use of medication was slowly cut back after about 60 treatments over a period of around 25 weeks. Treatment twice a week was then reduced to weekly. I am now cutting that back further to a visit every two weeks. I am coping well and am off my medication for more than 10 months already. This is close to a miracle.
Honestly, the Health Centre has become a 2nd home that has so much to offer for a better holistic existence. Systematically as it were, my bigger gremlins became smaller till even the smallest had been ironed out as- well. Thank you to Andrea, for the exceptional commitment to your profession, offering the most amazing solution to so many problems and illnesses of mind, body and soul.
It is truly amazing how that technology of the Neurofeedback Training has been harnessed so effectively to be used to help ascertain the imbalances brought on through one or other of life’s hard knocks, and assist in the repair of the bodies’ functionality so as to re-enable it to operate completely without medication after 21 years dependence at supposed Chronic levels.