Is neurofeedback effective for treating ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can affect attention, learning, impulse control, and activity levels. Symptoms can make daily life and organization challenging.

As of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 6.1 million children in the United States, about 9.4 percent, had received a diagnosis of ADHD at some point.

Common treatments for children with ADHD include medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes, but these do not work for everyone. Some approaches — particularly medication — can have unpleasant side effects.

Neurofeedback therapy is noninvasive and does not involve medication. Some practitioners believe that it can help manage symptoms of ADHD. Other names for this treatment are biofeedback and neurotherapy.

Below, learn more about whether this therapy is likely to be effective, what it entails, and some of the risks involved.



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