Tuesday, January 15, 2008

NBA star, misdiagnosed with ADHD, uses neurofeedback to regain calm thoughts

Today's Los Angeles Times has an incredible article about L.A. Clippers center Chris Kaman and his discovery of neurofeedback.

Before he was 3 years old, Kaman was misdiagnosed as having attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. For years he took medicine that compounded his actual problem, which was an anxiety disorder, but now neurofeedback is helping him regain calm thoughts.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

After discovering the misdiagnosis, Kaman started working with [Dr. Tim Royer of Hope139] on a system called "neurofeedback," a method of reading brain wave activity to reinforce calm thoughts.

Kaman sits in front of a computer and if his brain waves are at a desired level, the screen will show it. If not, Kaman attempts to calm his thought process. During the off-season, he also worked with a wireless device that allowed him to measure his brain waves while on the court.

"It's a very fast-paced game, and for me to be able to slow it down in my head, it really has been a lot easier and a lot less stressful in the games," Kaman said.


Read the full article here.

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