Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed childhood neurological disorder. Children with ADHD are hyperactive and have low impulse control, and may have trouble paying attention.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as many as 11 percent of children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD.
Neurofeedback is a therapy that is increasingly being used to treat ADHD. It is non-invasive and free from side effects, unlike the medications commmonly used to treat this disorder, such as dextroamphetamine (Adderall), or methylphenidate (Ritalin).
Neurofeedback is increasingly seen as an appealing alternative to using medications to treat ADHD. These medications are psycho stimulants that cause a range of fairly serious side effects, including decreased appetite, stunted or delayed growth, difficulty gaining and retaining weight and sleep problems.
During a neurofeedback session, sensors are attached to the head which feed back the patients own brain wave patterns in some sort of visual or audio/ visual format. It is often much like a video game, where the gam e responds to changes in a players brainwaves, and offers visual rewards when the target frequencies are matched.
Results can often be seen after 15-20 treatments. Neurofeedback therapy is also available at home via an EEG wearable headband paired with a tablet computer.
Neurofeedback and ADHD Case Studies and Research
Katherine Ellison‘s son was 12 he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Aired on National Public Radio in 2010, you can listen to the story of how Katherine used neurofeedback to treat his ADHD.
Neurofeedback is becoming an accepted form of treatment for a wide variety of ailments, and evidence is growing to support it’s use in the treatment of ADD/ ADHD.
A recent systematic review that included eight randomized controlled trials that compared neurofeedback treatment to treatment with medications. The results were favorable, showing improvement in objective and subjective measures of ADHD. Neurofeedback was even able to decrease medication dosages.
Click here for an exhaustive list of neurofeedback and ADHD research studies, review papers and meta-analyses.
If you live in the Northern Colorado area, our experienced doctors and clinicians can help set you or your child up with neurofeedback treatments for ADHD. Call 1-970-221-1106 for more info.
Updated January 2020