Testimonial – “Meet my son, M.”

Meet my son, M. He’s funny, charming, interesting, loud, angry, and offensive, not necessarily at the same time. Perhaps you know a child like M. He has trouble with math and language, being still, and speaking appropriately. He struggles in school with academics as well as relationships with peers.

M has been on several different medications over the years from Adderall to Zoloft, all of which had varying degrees of success with toning down the behavior problems and helping him focus. There really isn’t a pill to cure anger. M has also had a few stays at psychiatric hospitals for anger and depression.

During one of his stays at a residential treatment center, M had a QEEG (brain mapping) done. It was determined that there were areas that were not in what would be considered the normal range and he would benefit from neurofeedback while he was a patient there. When he got home, I noticed he was able to remember three or four instructions at a time rather than one or two. However, he was still very focused on the negative things in life.

The treatment center suggested we continue neurofeedback because they noticed a big change in Matthew’s mood. My search for someone to do the neurofeedback led me to Lynn Davis.

When I was first able to schedule the evaluation, M was in the court system for an assault charge. People tended to describe M as “dark” because his mood was depressed and angry and he always wore black.

M responded to the therapy beyond our expectations. At first he didn’t want to continue the sessions because everyone was noticing his change in mood. He was happy and laughing much of the time. He’s gotten used to not feeling depressed all the time now and feels more stable emotionally. He still has anger outbursts, but the frequency has been reduced to every once in a while rather than daily.

The neurofeedback has also helped M academically. For the first time, he’s understanding math and doing his math homework without help. His poetry isn’t so dark and he’s actually able to connect thoughts well enough to write paragraphs. His handwriting has improved noticeably as well.

I wish we had started the neurofeedback therapy earlier in his life, but I’m glad we have had this help during the past few months as M is turning 18 soon and is planning to live independently. It’s an anxious time for any teenager, but especially so for teens like M. There are many therapies available to treat M’s symptoms, but the neurofeedback has been one of the more beneficial therapies for the cost. I highly recommend it.