The term ‘side-effect’ is not applicable to Neurofeedback Training in the same way it would be to chemicals or medications. One can equate the ‘side-effects’ of Neurofeedback to the effects of heavy gym session on your body, rather than something harmful being introduced into your body.
The most common effects reported by our clients is tiredness after a session. We consider this a good thing! It shows how hard your brain has been working and can be equated to the mental fatigue you may feel after an exam.
We often see the brain working in a compensatory way, which is other brain areas ‘helping out’ an area that may not be working well. Thus, we focus on your main issues (which we discussed in the initial consultation), but often see other positive effects. This happens because when your brain begins to work more efficiently as a result of the training, those parts which were ‘helping out’ can go back to their own jobs! This will vary from person to person. One of the most common things we see across all of our clients regardless of the primary issue is an improved sleeping pattern and improved quality in their sleep. Regardless of what the main goal of a person’s training is, it is consistently reported in the research that NFT can improve your sleeping pattern as well as the quality of your sleep even if it is not being targeted specifically.
– Goals related to Emotional States (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger management)
We continually consult with other Health Care Professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Neurologists and Neurofeedback Training providers around the world. There is a consensus that, for those clients who have goals related to emotional states (anxiety, anger, depression) and emotional regulation, there is a general trend of getting worse before they get better. It does not happen to everyone, and for those who do experience it, these effects are transient and will pass. As your brain learns, it is changing the way it has been functioning up until now which may be ingrained for years. Thus, as what we term as ‘neural reorganisation’ takes place, old feelings and symptoms may be brought to the surface again before new neural pathways become dominant and targeted symptoms reduce.
It is vitally important that clients are both aware of, and prepared for, this possible trend in their symptom manifestations. We will discuss your progress with you and monitor how you are feeling at each session. We can help you put the relevant supports in place in case you are experiencing any difficulty.