There’s a new pilot study being conducted by a team at The Ohio State University on neurofeedback for ADHD that was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. It seems that the concept of neurofeedback training or EEG neurofeedback is new to most people. However, it’s been around for more than thirty years. And like anything else, there are proponents and opponents of the practice. So we’re sifting through all of the hype, drama and mountains of information to get at the crux of what, if any, promise neurofeedback training has for children and adults who suffer from ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and other learning disabilities.
Let's Start with ADHD
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a lifelong pervasive disorder that exists in all countries and cultures. It affects anywhere from 7 to 12 percent of the child population and somewhat less of the adult population mostly due to the fact that it is either managed or outgrown. At the present time, ADHD is not curable; it is manageable.
Traditional treatments involve medications including stimulants, tricycles antidepressants, and alpha-blockers. Nonmedical therapies involve the extensive use of behavior therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, traditional individual psychotherapy, and family therapy. (Barkley, 1990)
In recent years, researchers have discovered that the primary symptoms of ADHD – inattentiveness, impulsiveness, hyperactivity and other various manifestations result from an underlying neurological disorder.
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