Sam Westley, Graduate Lawyer
“My name is Sam and I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 22 years old. For me, the diagnosis was somewhat relieving, as it helped explain some of the challenges I had encountered throughout my life. The greatest challenge was maintaining consistency in my academic performance.
I struggled to maintain focus and high-level executive control when studying for certain subjects at school and courses at university. The tipping point was when I realised that my challenges might be problematic in a professional context. After a lot of research, I came across a treatment option called neurofeedback and became really interested in learning more about the underlying symptoms that triggered my ADHD.
Neurofeedback seemed to be an ideal type of treatment for me, predominantly because it was an option that could be free from medication, it didn’t have any side effects. Importantly, once the treatment finished, the positive changes remained. It also appealed to me because it was not just people with ADHD symptoms who benefited from neurofeedback, but also athletes and professionals who have used this type of treatment to achieve peak performance in their respective endeavors.
We did some tests that helped uncover the underlying neurological issues that needed to be addressed. So, the assessments we do allow us to personalise every dimension of the multimodal treatment.
Neurofeedback involved committing to two one-hour sessions per week over a four-month period. The treatment involved a practitioner training me with a personalised neurofeedback program to reward specific brainwaves. The treatment also involved putting in the effort to maintain a consistent sleep routine. At the end of treatment.
The treatment has helped me dramatically in my professional life. I currently work in the legal industry, and I’ve noticed the effects of the treatment on my attention to detail and my ability to problem solve. I find that it is much easier for me to learn new concepts. I’ve noticed a decrease in fidgeting and feelings of restlessness.”
Dr Mark Ryan (Psychiatrist)
“We try and look under the hood as it were to find out what’s going on at a physiological, cognitive, psychological, behavioral, social, contextual level. (Sam) is a different person now in terms of his confidence and his engagement with life. He’s getting on with his career, his social life, he’s making sleep a priority in his life now, which is going to be quite an achievement for him given the work industry he’s in.”
Susanne Mechtersheimer (Psychologist)
“Sam’s load of symptoms of inattention, had decreased from initially seven out of nine, down to two, and for hyperactivity, down from seven out of nine to zero. That means that he did no longer meet criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD, but he presented as a healthy person in both areas.
His sleep had significantly improved, in particular, his ability to fall asleep and stay asleep without major disruption. His drive and energy levels as a consequence had improved as well, and he described himself as feeling much more able to make informed decisions and fulfill his potential.”
What is Neurofeedback?