Neurofeedback for ADHD
A well-designed Norwegian study of children with ADHD concluded that neurofeedback is as effective as stimulants. One group of children received 30 sessions of neurofeedback, a second group received methylphenidate (marketed as Concerta, Methylin, Ritalin, etc.), and a third group received both.
The children’s parents used ADHD specialist and author, psychologist Russell Barkley’s Clinical Manual for Assessment to report on the results. The researchers concluded:
The parents reported significant effects of the treatments, but no significant differences between the treatment groups were observed.
An alternative to medication
This is obviously good news for parents who want an alternative to medication for their children with ADHD. The researchers conclusions included this:
The results of the present study support the use of NF as an alternative treatment for ADHD, especially in the 20% of children with ADHD who do not respond to medications. In addition, findings from this study support previous suggestions that medications may be reduced when given in combination with other treatments for ADHD.
I don’t work with children myself (please contact my colleague Emily Rosen for neurofeedback for children), but I have seen very good results using NeurOptimal® neurofeedback with adults with ADHD. Indeed, many of my clients who come for other reasons also report being more focused and organized.
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Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback