ADHD patients exhibit irregular brainwave activity that can be measured by an EEG. More specifically, people with ADHD will produce excessively lower frequency Theta waves.
Since the process of neurofeedback naturally retrains brainwaves to return to a balanced and normal state, ADHD patients can often find relief, relatively quickly (and sometimes permanently), through neurofeedback therapy.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 11% of American children, ages, 4 to 17, have ADHD. According to their trends, this is a 42% increase in just 8 years. While the rate is much lower for adults (about 4% of the adult population has ADHD), experts caution that adults are much more likely to remain undiagnosed, and therefore the actual rate of ADHD in adults may be significantly higher than reported.
Prescription medications are the most popular treatment for ADHD, and their use has been on the rise faster than the rates of ADHD themselves. Between 2008 and 2016, ADHD drug sales have increased by over 89%, or $8.5 billion dollars. This trend shows, in conjunction with the overall ADHD diagnostic trends, that despite the increased reliance on medications to treat ADHD, the cases continue to increase in all age populations.
As the use of ADHD medications continues to rise, so too does the impact of the side-effects associated with them. Several studies have shown that up to 80% of patients who take ADHD medications experience some side-effects, and up to 35% of patients actually discontinue taking the medications due to the side-effects.
Yes, neurofeedback therapy is a clinically proven treatment for ADHD.
There are many research studies that show positive support for neurofeedback as a treatment for ADHD. Please see a few examples below and don’t hesitate to contact MyBrainDr for additional information and studies.
Clinical and neurophysiological data of neurofeedback therapy in children with ADHD
“Initially NF therapy reduced hyperactivity and impulsivity of children, subsequently improvement of attention was observed and eventually reduction of emotional and behavior disturbances was noticed. Noticeable improvement in the self-esteem was observed as well. The therapy had a positive impact on the spatial organization of EEG in each group. It proved to be particularly useful in children with ADHD and dyslexia.”
“Neurofeedback therapy is a valuable tool with beneficial impact on children with ADHD and accompanying disorders. Characteristics of brain bioelectric activity provides a reliable basis to establish individual EEG bio-feedback protocols of therapy in children and monitor the effectiveness of treatment. In the last 4 years the number of children with ADHD and co-occurring tics who applied for neurofeedback therapy has increased significantly.”
The Effect of Neurofeedback Therapy on Reducing Symptoms Associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Case Series Study
“The total mean score (of the cognitive assessment system test) for pretest was 88.81 while the total mean score for the post test was 82.23. The mean in pretest for attention hyperactivity disorder was higher than the mean in the post test. Moreover, the difference of pretest and post test scores of children affected with learning disorder associated with ADHD was calculated that showed significant (P=0.003).”
“Neurofeedback is effective in the improvement of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.”
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