As scientists and doctors are starting to gain a greater understanding on the function of the brain in relation to different diseases and conditions, new practices are being developed to treat these conditions. One of these developing technologies that is being used in practice already is neurofeedback treatment. This treatment is actually driven by the patient's own brain, in attempt to retrain flawed behavior that may be contributing to a medical condition. This technology is gaining popularity as a treatment for ADHD in teens and young children.
Neurotechnology functions by attaching electrodes to the scalp which monitor brain activity. The feedback from the brain activity is directed through a computer program which monitors for specific behaviors. If the readings show a positive feedback, a projector displays a positive image on the screen in front of the patient. If the patients brain is exhibiting negative feedback, the patient will see a negative display on the screen, indicating that they brain activity should be changed. By undergoing this type of therapy for extended periods of time, the treatment is intended to retrain the brain to avoid particular actions which may be linked to the medical condition that they are being treated for.
Although many practitioners and patients have indicated positive results for treating many different conditions, including ADHD and autism, the US Food and Drug Administration current only recognizes the treatment as a means of relaxation and not an cure or therapy for other conditions. Because of the nature of the technology involved and the lengthy sessions, this type of treatment can be very costly for patients. Also, the unproven nature of neurofeedback therapy causes it to be very rarely covered by health insurance. This means that patients are undergoing the therapy at their own expense and risk.
If you believe that you were improperly advised to undergo nuerofeedback treatment you may have legal recourse for recuperating the cost of your failed treatment.