What does Neurofeedback do in ADHD?
Usually, when one is concentrating on a task, you see an increase in the rapid activity (beta activity) in certain parts of the brain. For people with ADHD / ADD, we often see a delay of brain waves (frontal theta or slow alpha peak frequency). When 'normal' people are focused and show this increased activity, people with ADHD show the opposite: an increase in slow brain activity accompanied by less concentration. However, this does not apply to all people with ADHD / ADD, hence before starting neurofeedback a comprehensive QEEG is done.
Neurofeedback is a method whereby direct feedback on specific brain waves (EEG) is given. By this method the brain is taught to produce certain brain activity or not. Disorders such as ADHD, ADD and insomnia can be treated without medication by this method. It decreases the symptoms and shows an improvement of behavior. A permanent - long term - effect is achieved. On average there are 30-40 sessions needed to achieve desired results without any side effects.
Below you can find a video where it is explained how neurofeedback works and how it is applied at Brainclinics (English version).
There are many scientific studies and controlled studies on the treatment of various diseases with neurofeedback. Neurofeedback has been highly successful in the treatment of ADHD, ADD, insomnia and epilepsy. For the treatment of ADHD / ADD, neurofeedback is clinically applied successfully more than 30 years and Neurofeedback is thus an evidence-based - either proven effective - treatment. The effects on the symptoms are similar to those of medication but without the side effects of medication.
Who can undergo Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is suitable for anyone with attention, impulsivity, concentration and sleep problems and can be done from the age of 6 years. It is possible to combine Neurofeedback training with other psychological counseling.
For scientific research on ADHD and how different treatments interfere, see also the ADHD section at the Brainclinics Research Institute.
For kids: look at our children's Neurofeedback page!