I promised a post about my biofeedback adventures and here they are. Mind you, what I am receiving is not true biofeedback therapy, and is not covered by insurance. I’m seeing Dr. W., a Psychologist, and getting a treatment called LENS which stands for Low Energy Neurofeedback System.
Basically, an electrode is attached to each ear lobe and a third is attached to 1 of 19 specified points on my scalp. These electrodes allow an EEG reading of my brain, which is pretty neat. The third electrode is used to send an electromagnetic pulse through my brain. It takes a few seconds. We did the LENS treatment at the beginning of my session.
Because it was my first, there was a great deal of talking and form signing and such prior to the actual treatment. He then asked me how I felt prior to performing the pulse. I went into the session with level 4 pain on a 1-10 pain scale. My light sensitivity was moderate. I was not nauseous. He hooked me up, got an initial reading and then did the pulse into a spot on the top of my head. Immediately after I had no increase in pain. I felt heavy, tired, and is if I wanted to lie down. I was very nauseous. My light sensitivity increased dramatically. The nausea became slightly less severe after about 10 minutes. The heavy feeling persisted. I remained very tired and unable to concentrate for the next 48 hours.
One of the warnings with this process is that it could make me feel “tired” or “wired.” So I knew to expect this. We established some treatment goals an specific categories for which to track improvement.
I’m not overly enthusiastic right now. First of all, it’s expensive, but much cheaper than another treatment option. True biofeedback would be covered by my mental health insurance but I can’t find anyone close enough who offers it. Second of all, Dr. W. keeps questioning my HFA diagnosis and trying to change it. He’s trying to claim I have social phobia, which I don’t. Just because I don’t like people and am uncomfortable with crowds doesn’t mean I am phobic. He claims that people with Asperger’s don’t have interest in having social interaction. That is in direct opposition to everything I have read in recent research and I find it offensive. But, I don’t feel like arguing it with him.
I know many people with a clinical HFA or Asperger’s diagnosis and they are my friends. I might have to say something at the next session. I feel like this doctor is biased. He doesn’t specialize in autism, he specializes in people with anxiety disorders and ADD, ADHD and depression. I want to give this a try, however I’m not certain I can handle the constant questioning of my diagnosis. I suppose I should simply tell him he can’t treat me for autism and go from there.