Is Neurofeedback Effective for Treating ADHD?

For individuals with ADHD, the brain may have distinct patterns, particularly in the frontal lobe. Often, this area is linked to different traits, including behavior, learning and personality. Although many people do not consciously realize it, the brain and behavior are often connected, and changes in behavior can usually change the brain or vice versa. Neurofeedback tries to change these behaviors by changing the brain activity that is occurring. 

The human brain produces many measurable brain waves, including delta, gamma, theta, alpha, and beta. Each of these waves has a different frequency that can be monitored with the use of an EEG. A neurofeedback specialist will use these waves to research brain patterns and see what waves are most dominant. Research often suggests that individuals with more theta waves and fewer beta waves are more likely to have ADHD. With this in mind, neurofeedback tries to correct this difference. 

A diagnosis of ADHD can be devastating for both parents and adults that have the disorder. However, many different options are available that may be an alternative to traditional medication that only focuses on symptoms and not the root cause. If ADHD symptoms persist, but a medical professional’s diagnosis hasn’t been obtained, seeking help through neurofeedback may be beneficial for treating ADHD-like problems or symptoms. 

How Might Neurofeedback Treat ADHD? 

Before a neurofeedback session begins, a specialist will often ask questions about what symptoms, treatment history and lifestyle choices a patient may have. As sessions progress, improvements will be tracked to determine the effectiveness of treatments. These improvements are tracked through the use of EEG machines connected to the patient’s head.  

The number of electrodes used may vary depending on the neurofeedback specialist and the reason for the session. However, the electrodes do not hurt and will not deliver an electrical current. They are only used to measure the activity occurring within the brain. When the session begins, a real-time scan will give the specialist more information about what is happening. This information will then drive the neurofeedback specialist to ask a patient to perform specific tasks that can alter the brain waves.  

Often, these activities will require minimal effort from a patient and may include video games, videos or other stimuli that encourage the brain to react in different ways. As the brain responds to these stimuli, changes in feedback will occur on the EEG to show how certain stimuli interrupt, change or modify brain activity; however, readings may vary from session to session. By altering these brain waves over time, neurofeedback can impact behaviors and related symptoms of ADHD that are creating problems for patients. 

How Can Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists Help? 

Oklahoma Neurofeedback Specialists is here to help you better manage your adult ADHD. ADD/ADHD remains for life and can get worse the longer it’s left untreated. Consider Neurotherapy to give your child the tools to manage their ADD/ADHD into adulthood effectively. We invite you to read more about the Neurofeedback process or book your free ADHD treatment consultation to get started. 

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