How Neurofeedback Can Help with ADHD
Living with ADHD can be very challenging as the mental health condition can and often does impact interpersonal relationships, academic and work performance, and daily functioning.
Traditional Treatments for ADHD
Once a diagnosis of ADHD has been made, there are a variety of treatment options. Most mental health therapists recommend using a holistic approach, meaning using a mix of treatments such as medication, lifestyle changes, and psychotherapy.
When it comes to psychotherapy, the recommended approach has typically been using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a commonly used approach because it makes a connection between the person's thoughts, feelings and actions. This can help the individual regulate their emotions and behaviors and control some of their ADHD symptoms.
What Is Neurofeedback Therapy?
While CBT can be effective, not all people with ADHD may benefit. Luckily there are new approaches, and neurofeedback is a very promising one.
Neurofeedback therapy is a form of biofeedback, meaning it helps make a connection between the mind and body. Neurofeedback is powerful because it can help those with ADHD control the way their mind works by providing direct feedback to their brain.
How Does it Work Exactly?
During a neurofeedback session, a trained professional measures the person’s brain waves an electroencephalograph (EEG )while delivering neurofeedback. The brain waves that are usually impacted in those with ADHD are theta and beta waves.
Neurofeedback works by leveling out these brainwaves, which in turn decreases ADHD symptoms.
How Many Sessions are Needed?
Recent research has shown that as little as 30 sessions can be more effective than commonly prescribed stimulants. In fact, some people no longer need their ADHD medication after consecutive treatments.
If you are interested in exploring neurofeedback as an ADHD treatment, speak with your medical provider.