Pros and Cons, Cost, and Side Effects to Neurofeedback
There are essentially no major side effects to utilizing neurofeedback treatment when done correctly.
However, it is not uncommon for individuals to report feeling tired following a typical neurofeedback session. This is often quickly resolved with a restful nap or relaxation.
Some children or adults with sensitive skin may develop an allergic response while using wet caps, which use gel, but this is unusual. While most of the gel used with wet caps is intended to be removed, those with longer hair might need to wash the gel out after the session, which could be a slight annoyance.
Another negative aspect of neurofeedback is cost. Each individual session is likely to cost over $100 dollars and very few healthcare insurance plans are likely to cover neurofeedback treatment. The average course of treatment usually consists of 30 sessions and may cost $3,000 or more. However, some providers may offer payment plans or packages to help make the treatment more affordable.
There are numerous positive aspects to neurofeedback.
First and foremost, neurofeedback is non-invasive and completely safe. There is no shock or penetration of the skin.
Neurofeedback has an extensive amount of research supporting its efficacy with a variety of conditions and disorders, making it potentially worthwhile for the significant and long-term maintained benefits of the treatment.
In addition, in many cases, neurofeedback has been found to be just as effective as medication; suggesting an alternative form of treatment for those who wish to wane off psychopharmacological treatment.
In addition, it is a rather sub-conscious process, meaning that the individual does not have to actively put forth a great deal of effort aside from sustaining attention onto a monitor or computer screen.
Also, some neurofeedback programs incorporate visual games or allow individuals to watch movies and manipulate the screen to make the treatment more engaging.
Despite, neurofeedback’s shortcomings, this form of treatment is highly efficacious and may be worth it for life-long improvements in functioning, performance, and mental health.
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