EEG Neurofeedback, also known as biofeedback, has been used for over 25 years. Many parents have reported positive results and there have been some published studies showing encouraging results.
The theory behind EEG Neurotherapy is that the brain emits different types of brainwaves, depending on the activity and level of activity. When receiving biofeedback an individual is “trained” to increase the brainwave activity to a level more consistent with people without ADHD. Once trained, permanent improvements are expected.
The theory behind EEG Neurotherapy is consistent with the medical community’s knowledge of how the brain works and with the differences seen in brain activity between people with and without ADHD.
This type of treatment, however, is extremely expensive, typically several thousand dollars and is not covered by insurance as it is considered “training” rather than treatment.
Further research is needed to form conclusions that it is an effective treatment for ADHD.
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Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.