What is ADHD/ADD

ADHD stands for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It is common for ADHD/ADD to begin in childhood and can persist into adulthood.

How Neurofeedback Can Help ADHD Symptoms

Studies have shown that 85%-90% of people with ADHD produce a greater ratio of theta waves compared to beta waves. Neurofeedback is a useful intervention for ADHD which can helps train the brainto reduce theta wave activity while increasing beta waves that can reduce ADHD symptoms by improving focus, impulse control and executive function.

In a typical training session, a practitioner monitors a client’s brain waves using sensors. The sensors have the ability to measure the brain’s activity and relay it to the practitioner through a computer interface that allows them to see when the brain reaches optimal levels. Through repetition of training exercises for the brain,  the brain can achieve a more ideal state of functioning that  becomes second nature.

Benefits of Neurofeedback as an Alternative Treatment for ADHD

There are numerous treatment options for those diagnosed with ADHD. What works best might depend on the individual, child, and family. Medications can have negative side effects for children such as:

  • sleep problems

  • decreased appetite

  • weight loss

  • increased blood pressure

  • dizziness

  • headaches and stomachaches

  • rebound (irritability when the medication wears off)

  • moodiness and irritability

  • nervousness

  • tics (sudden, repetitive movements or sounds)

  • personality changes, like appearing way too serious and not being as enthusiastic as usual

Neurofeedback for ADHD has little to no side effects and may even lead to the reduction or complete elimination of stimulant medication.