Neurofeedback and ADHD: How it Does it Help?

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The Truth About ADHD

Someone with ADHD typically deals with the inability to focus or concentrate, becoming easily distracted by things around them, and experiencing a general sense of feeling overwhelmed and irritable. Although there is no known cure for ADHD, neurofeedback has proven to help those who struggle with this issue.

Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that uses real-time monitoring and feedback of brain activity patterns in order to improve certain brain functions. This process involves the use of specialized software and hardware that can measure brain activity and track changes over time. The therapist then uses this information to provide feedback to the patient in order to help them learn how to self-regulate their brain activity.

There is a lot of debate surrounding the effectiveness of neurofeedback for ADHD, but there is some evidence to suggest that it can be helpful. A review of studies on neurofeedback.

How Does ADHD typically get treated?

When it comes to ADD/ADHD, the standard protocol historically was medication. The medication stimulates the neurotransmitter dopamine which is associated with pleasure, attention, and movement- this is meant to treat or alleviate symptoms without pinpointing their cause.

However, there are many problems with this method. Many people do not want to medicate themselves or their children and are looking for a more natural solution. Others do not respond well to the medication or cannot tolerate the side effects. Some common side effects of ADHD medications include:

-Reduced appetite

-Weight loss

-Insomnia

-Irritability

-Anxiety

-Headaches

-Nausea

For many people, these side effects are not worth the benefit of taking the medication. This is where neurofeedback comes in as a potential alternative or supplement to traditional ADHD treatments.

What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that uses real-time monitoring and feedback of brain activity patterns in order to improve certain brain functions. This process involves the use of specialized software and hardware that can measure brain activity and track changes over time.

The therapist then uses this information to provide feedback to the patient in order to help them learn how to self-regulate their brain activity. For those who are looking for an alternative or supplement to traditional ADHD treatments, neurofeedback may be worth considering.

Scholarly Article on Neurofeedback

Source – https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11571-022-09798-y

Neurofeedback training (NFT) is a noninvasive neuromodulation method for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Brain rhythms, the unique pattern in electroencephalogram (EEG), are widely used as the training target. Most of the current studies used a fixed frequency division of brain rhythms, which ignores the individual developmental difference of each child. In this study, we validated the feasibility of NFT using individual beta rhythms. A total of 55 children with ADHD were divided into two groups using the relative power of an individual or fixed beta rhythms as the training index. ADHD rating scale (ADHD-RS) was completed before and after NFT, and the EEG and behavioral features were extracted during the training process. After the intervention, the attention ability of both groups was significantly improved, showing a significant increase in beta power, a decrease in scores of ADHD-RS, and an improvement in behavioral and other EEG features. The training effect was significantly better with individualized beta training, showing more improvement in ADHD-RS scores. Furthermore, the distribution of brain rhythms moved towards high frequency after the intervention. This study demonstrates the effectiveness of NFT based on individual beta rhythms for the intervention of children with ADHD. When designing an NFT protocol and the corresponding data analysis process, an individualized brain rhythm division should be applied to reflect the actual brain state and to accurately evaluate the effect of NFT.

Looking for an alternative treatment option for ADHD can be a challenging process, as there are many different methods and approaches out there that promise to help with managing symptoms. But Neurofeedback and ADHD, have been something that has been a method to deal with ADHD since 1976.

How Can Neurofeedback Help ADHD?

The goal of all neurofeedback is to make your brainwaves be the same. If you have a bad brain pattern, then it will be different from what is normal and healthy. The goal is for your brain to work well so that it can operate optimally and efficiently.

Since neurofeedback is a non-invasive and safe treatment option, it has become a popular alternative to medications or other types of traditional ADHD treatments. There are many different types of neurofeedback that can be used to help treat ADHD, but the most common approach is to use EEG biofeedback. Always consult with a Health Care Professional before performing any treatment to make sure that it’s right for you. Here is a list of the Neurofeedback process.

1. The therapist obtains a baseline reading of the patient’s brain activity

2. The therapist then sets up the neurofeedback software and hardware to monitor the patient’s brain activity

3. The patient then completes a training session, during which they are asked to perform specific tasks that will help to regulate their brain activity

4. After the session is complete, the therapist then reviews the data and provides feedback to the patient

5. The patient then completes another session, and this process is repeated until the desired results are achieved

Typically it takes 7 – 12 sessions before the results desired are achieved, but everyone is different. Give us a call today to see learn more about Neurofeedback and how it can help you today.

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