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Could Neurofeedback Therapy Help Those with ADHD Build Longer-Lasting Attention?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), approximately 8 million adults in the United States experience attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a disorder that is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, or a combination. If you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, you may find that it’s effecting many aspects of daily life, including work, school, home life, personal relationships, and more. For many people, psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy both at the individual and group levels), medication, and lifestyle changes (exercise, diet, etc.) help ameliorate some of the symptoms, but researchers are still looking for new and improved ways to treat the disorder.

Neurofeedback therapy is a tool used to assess a client’s brainwave activity while also showing it back to them in real time; this is done on a computer and may look like a video game, waves moving to music, or something similar. Neurofeedback therapy helps individuals self-regulate their own brain functioning while thinking, concentrating, or solving problems – learning how to self-regulate through these processes ultimately allows the central nervous system to function better. Previously neurofeedback therapy has been effectively used to treat behavior disorders, sleep disorders, headaches, migraines, autism, cerebral palsy, and more. How effective is this for ADHD?

A 2018 study published in the journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry sought to review research on the effects of neurofeedback therapy for ADHD. Ten studies were examined, with inattention studied amidst neurofeedback therapy effects. Researchers ultimately found that against control groups who did not receive therapy, those with neurofeedback therapy experienced more durable treatment effects for inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity over time. Thus, neurofeedback therapy could be an excellent option for AHD treatment, depending on what the individual client’s needs are.

If you’ve been struggling with symptoms of ADHD but haven’t sought treatment yet, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about program options and what would best suit your needs. Recovery is possible, and there are people ready to help you.

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