Can Neurofeedback Help ADHD?
Neurofeedback may be used as an alternative treatment to ADHD and ADD. Although NeurOptimal neurofeedback training does not treat specific conditions, specific symptoms are alleviated because you are improving the overall functioning of the central nervous system.
Neurofeedback training for ADHD – Luigi's Story
A mom and son discuss how neurofeedback helped his ADHD symptoms. Luigi's school performance improved significantly with neurofeedback training. This interview took place a year and a half after he completed 3 months of weekly neurofeedback sessions.
Read the research when using NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Training for ADHD
- Does NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Help To Improve Focus/Attention? "A Kid, An Idea, A Study And A Big Payoff" by Jules Ford, Founder of OptiMind Neurofeedback, Focus, Clarity, Serenity
- Six Case Studies Examining the Effectiveness of a Comprehensive Adaptive Approach to Neurofeedback for Attention Deficit in an Educational Setting by Shannon Warwick, MA. Union Institute and University at Vermont College,Asheville, North Carolina
- Effectiveness of EEG Biofeedback as Compared with Methylphenidate in the Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Clinical Outcome Study by Mohammad Ali Nazari1, Laurent Querne2, Alain De Broca2, Patrick Berquin2. Department of Psychology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran; 2Department of Paediatric Neurology, Lab. Neurosciences Fonction- nelles & Pathologies, Amiens, France.
Supporting Neurofeedback Training for ADHD and ADD
- CNN: Brain training to help with anxiety and ADHD. Linda Ciampa tells us how some patients with severe anxiety or ADHD are using neurofeedback instead of medications to change their brainwaves and help their conditions.
- New York Times Article: A Natural Fix for ADHD
- The Washington Post: Therapists are using neurofeedback to treat ADHD, PTSD and other conditions – So he tried neurofeedback, hoping this controversial treatment ... He uses it to treat depression, ADHD, chronic pain and some other conditions.
- ADDitude: Can Neurofeedback Help My Child with ADHD? – A recent study by Dr. Naomi Steiner at Tufts University found thatneurofeedback reduces symptoms of inattention and impulsivity in ADHD students.
- NPR: Train The Brain: Using Neurofeedback To Treat ADHD – Neurofeedback is better for people with ADHD, she says, because it provides constant feedback during a session...
- Boston Globe: School-based brain training shown to alleviate ADHD – Steiner's previous research determined that neurofeedback helped alleviateADHDsymptoms in children immediately after they completed ...
- NBCNews.com: Kids With ADHD Can Train Their Brains, Study Finds
- Quartz BRAINPOWER: Scientists think you can rewire your brain without taking drugs or changing your lifestyle. The evidence is not definitive, but there's growing research to suggest that neurofeedback could be used to treat ADHD, migraines, PTSD...
BRAIN TRAINING TIPS FROM OUR BLOG
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- Results from Neurofeedback in Boulder, CO: Boulder neurofeedback trainer discusses results in children and parents with ADHD and sleep issues; and the effects of neurofeedback on meditation. Interview with Joy Om, NeurOptimal neurofeedback...Read more
- Identifying Anxiety Vs ADHD in Children
- What Are The Main Choices For Treating ADHD? Read our blog post on the alternative treatments.
The Pros And Cons About Neurofeedback
When diagnosed with ADHD many parents, particularly moms, start their education. They talk to their pediatrician and diagnosing neurologist or psychologist to find out: what's the best drug free treatment for ADHD? What does the research show is the best way to treat ADHD?
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT NEUROFEEDBACK TRAINING
Is neurofeedback approved by the FDA?
Yes, EEG neurofeedback equipmet is regulated by the FDA. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recognized Biofeedback as a 'Level 1 – Best Support" in their report “Evidence-based Child and Adolescent Psycho-social Interventions” as an intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors.
Is Neurofeedback Therapy Safe?
Yes. NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is safe for anyone to use. Why? Because nothing is being added to your brain. The training works by alerting your automatic functioning part of the brain to its own actions (this part controls the fear response, flight/flight/freeze, sleep, attentiveness, executive functioning, etc.) so it can ‘see’ its own maladaptive patterns. Because the brain is designed to be responsive to new information, when the Personal Trainer alerts the brain to it’s own functioning the brain will naturally tweak itself to be the most efficient and effective response. It’s as if the brain, upon being alerted to it’s own behaviour says “hey, I’m about to produce a stress response when I’m sitting in a safe space. That’s not efficient or an appropriate response. I’m going to change what I’m doing.”
The way global information based neurofeedback works is giving your brain intelligent information about itself so that it can optimize it’s functioning. That’s how it can be diagnostically agnostic. Basically, NeurOptimal neurofeedback is teaching the brain to be smarter, learning to come into the present to gather info before it makes a decision rather than doing what’s habitual— anxiety being a common brain habit.
How Does Neurofeedback Work?
When the brain is about to change states and perform an action it produces an electrical “dance” called turbulence. The neurofeedback system identifies the turbulence and through immediately stopping the music/audio in that millisecond the brain’s orienting response is triggered. The orienting response is the process every brain uses to assess changes in their environment. The brain uses auditory changes as it’s primary way to sense change because we can hear 360, as opposed to visual which is limited to 180 degrees of perception.
The orienting response is the brain’s automatic response of ‘coming into the present’ in a similar way as to when you are lost in a daydream and someone calls your name, you automatically orient yourself in the present. This response is triggered when the music stops. It automatically comes in the present and identifies what the needs are for the here-and-now as well as “sees” what it’s about to do automatically. If it identifies an activity that it is about to perform that is not in alignment with present needs it will automatically adjust it’s activity.
For example, if the brain is alerted to come into the present and it ‘sees’ that it is in a safe environment and is reading a book, and it sees it is about to perform a stress response, such as to scan the environment (hypervigilence), it will immediately change it’s functioning to allow for a sustained focus.
The brain is designed to optimize it’s functioning. The neurofeedback system allows for the brain to see it’s own maladaptive habits and change them as it sees fit. There is no outside variable forcing change.
The neurofeedback system is like a mirror and each central nervous system (CNS) changes itself to optimize its own functioning, whether it be an ability to focus when needed, go into sleep mode at night, be calm when there’s no danger, etc.
Do the Effects Last?
Training with NeurOptimal® is actually a learning task. You get results because your brain is actively learning, even if you are not doing the learning consciously. So much like reading, once your brain knows how to read, it can’t “not know”. Your brain doesn’t forget. It may get rusty, but the effects of learning remain throughout your lifetime.
However, your brain is living tissue and you can— and will— get "knocked off" by stress, by chemicals, by alcohol, by an anesthetic, by the difficult daily lives we all seem to live. The wonderful thing is, a few booster sessions will get you back to where you were. A "neurofeedback trained brain" is quickly able to utilize the information NeurOptimal® is offering. It's as if the brain says "I know what to do with this!" and it goes through all the steps it went through in the weeks of initial training, but very rapidly. So you quickly get back into your good place.
If you are going through a more difficult time, you can quickly do a session or two at one of our neurofeedback clinics to recover your optimal flow and functioning. Our system is also available for rent per month is you are a returning client. See pricing >
BENEFITS OF NEUROFEEDBACK
Although training with the NeurOptimal system does not treat specific conditions, specific symptoms are alleviated because you are improving the overall functioning of the central nervous system. Top 5 benefits
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