STUART — I’ve been trained in the use of neurofeedback (NF) for more than 20 years, and it can be a truly useful modality.

I’ve seen it help people with a variety of challenges of the mind, such as ADD and ADHD, but also mood instability, sleep disorders, fatigue, brain fog, memory issues and more.

Though it’s not a cure-all, it can be a welcomed relief from psychotropic medications and their typical side effects, and the positive results are often long lasting. The history and development of neurofeedback goes back for over 35 years.

Research and its use has evolved at the neuroscience departments of Ohio State University, the University of Maryland and others. It is said to be effective for other conditions as well, including anxiety, bed-wetting, anorexia, seizure disorders, headaches, learning disabilities, chronic pain and more.

It is believed that the reason for the successful outcomes for a wide variety of ailments is due to the superior role the brain plays in virtually all of the body’s many functions, and when a person has a healthier brain, many things can improve.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s online resource, no negative side effects of neurofeedback or biofeedback have been reported.

According to Dr. Eugene Arnold of Ohio State University’s Wexler Center, “The brain gets better with exercise, the same way muscles do – it gets stronger. And we emphasize this with the children – it’s like going through fitness training. They’re making their brains more fit.”

It can be helpful for adults too. NF works by rewarding the brain when it is more focused, and the reward is the enjoyment of a brighter picture and clearer sound quality of whatever movie a person is watching.

And since the person is wired directly to the computer, the response is immediate,…