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Neurofeedback: an alternative and efficacious treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

03 Apr
A recent review of the research literature offers a favorable comparison of a technique called neurofeedback (or EEG biofeedback, as it is sometimes called) with drugs, for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..
A recent review of the literature examines the efficacy of neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, as it is sometimes called, as a viable alternative treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This article looks at current pharmacological treatment modalities - Ritalin, for instance, discussing its side effects and risks - and compares them to neurofeedback, behavior modification and cognitive behavioral treatment for ADHD. Lastly, it provides a brief history of neurofeedback treatment successes and clinical benefits, as compared to medication, and limitations are presented. The author clearly has a bias toward neurofeedback, but the review is nonetheless worthwhile and informative. Citation: Fox DJ, Tharp DF, Fox LC. Neurofeedback: an alternative and efficacious treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2005 Dec;30 (4): pages 365-73. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award