There are a variety of ways to help manage ADHD symptoms including medicine, supplements, exercise, and executive function coaching. One method that is less well-known is called neurofeedback.
While many people have never heard of neurofeedback, it is used widely. Currently, about 10,000 children in the US are receiving neurofeedback treatments. Though this method has not been studied as much as some others, there is a solid body of research that shows that it can alleviate some of the symptoms of ADHD. Numerous studies have found that it helps with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Even better, these benefits continue even after the treatments are completed.
How does it work? During a neurofeedback session, electrodes are placed on a client’s head. The client then watches a video or plays a video game while the person performing neurofeedback monitors brainwaves. “When the brain responds appropriately to the visual or audio stimulation, positive feedback is given, and when it responds inappropriately, negative feedback is given, which, over time and with plenty of repetition, helps to retrain the brain to respond appropriately more often and on its own.” - https://www.mychildwillthrive.com/podcast006/
In other words, neurofeedback helps the brain learn to self-regulate. Again, this can help people with ADHD become less impulsive, calmer, and more able to focus.
One of the downsides to neurofeedback is that it is generally not covered by insurance. Additionally, it is a relatively slow process that can take 40 or more sessions to be completed. Nevertheless, if you are looking for another treatment for your or your child’s ADHD, you may want to give it a try. Countless people are happy that they did!
For more information on neurofeedback, check out the links below.
Do you think your child (or maybe you) has ADHD? Take the following quiz. If you answer yes to many of the questions, you may want to talk to his pediatrician or school counselor about having a more formal assessment.
Again, if you answered yes to many of these questions, you may want to talk to your child's doctor or school counselor. These can be signs of ADHD, anxiety disorders, or other executive function issues.