How Biofeedback Can Help Treat ADHD
More people than ever are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But that doesn’t mean there are more sufferers of the condition than before, it just means that there is a better professional understanding of ADHD and increased public awareness of the symptoms.
With less of a stigma attached to ADHD, people are rightly seeking treatments which will enable them or their loved ones to live more comfortably with the condition. And many of those who have received a positive diagnosis of ADHD are looking for alternatives to the strong medications that are often prescribed to relieve symptoms.
That’s why we're delighted to share the results we’ve experienced with Biofeedback as a non-invasive treatment for ADHD.
How Do Brainwaves Affect ADHD Sufferers?
When ADHD sufferers’ brainwaves are measured, they consistently show a tendency towards slower (delta or theta) waves. In individuals who have healthy brainwave functions, these types of brainwaves occur during sleep or in the period between wakefulness and sleep.
The brainwaves that are associated with mental focus and clarity are beta waves. And many sufferers of ADHD do not show consistent beta brainwaves during activities which require focus. It is, therefore unsurprising that ADHD sufferers who are not accessing these fast-moving beta brainwaves consistently often find sustained focus incredibly hard.
How Can Biofeedback or Neurofeedback Help Treat ADHD/ADD?
Biofeedback or neurofeedback, as it is otherwise known, can help treat ADHD suffers without any invasive treatment or medication. EEG Biofeedback is a learning activity that changes brainwaves function in order to help people living with ADHD or ADD achieve more consistent mental clarity.
It does this by helping the individual retrain their brainwaves through audio and visual cues in order to increase beta brainwaves and decrease theta brainwaves. Through this training, clients have found their memory has improved and they are much more able to concentrate for longer periods.
How Does Biofeedback or Neurofeedback Work?
EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback) is a fairly straightforward and completely non-invasive treatment. The client has sensors placed on their scalp and ears and uses their brainwaves to operate a video game. The game reads electrical impulses through the sensors and provides feedback to the client.
Over time, the client learns how to control these impulses to increase positive feedback and decrease negative feedback. Eventually, individuals learn to control their brainwave patterns at will to achieve greater clarity when they need it.
At our clinic in Naples, Florida, we offer EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback) therapy that is unthreatening and works for both young and older sufferers of ADHD or ADD. We have found that 95% of our clients reach their life-improvement goals and they also report positive long-lasting results too.
What are the Benefits of Using Neurofeedback to Treat ADHD?
Because Neurofeedback treatment is conducted with the patient in control and fully conscious, the results are transparent and measurable.
While Biofeedback treatment might have a different timeline for each individual depending on their symptoms, they can see almost immediately how their brainwave training is progressing.
An added bonus is that younger people may find the approach much less threatening than other forms of treatment due to the video game-style approach.
And most importantly, many patients or carers report long-lasting behavioural improvements, such as reduced distractibility, a decrease in impulsiveness, and sustained focus at school or work.
If you’d like to experience the same kind of control over your brainwaves for ADHD, ADD, or other anxiety or stress-related conditions, contact our therapy clinic for more information today.