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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Alternative Treatments

Is neurofeedback or working memory training effective alternative treatments for ADHD? continued...

Neurofeedback treatment involves teaching the patient how to increase his or her arousal levels. The patient's brain activity is monitored through electrodes attached to the head. When the brain waves reach a desired frequency, a signal informs the patient. Through training, the patient can ultimately learn how to increase arousal on his or her own.

While there has been some promising research in this area, more research is needed to determine the efficacy of neurofeedback on ADHD symptoms. Some drawbacks involve the high cost of the treatment due to expensive equipment, requirement of specialists to perform the treatment, and multiple treatment sessions.

Working Memory Training (COGMED)

Many people with ADHD have difficulty with working memory. Training of working memory using computer programs appears to help individuals improve their ability to concentrate, control impulsive behaviors, and improve problem solving skills. Analyses of several studies indicated that the programs produced reliable short-term improvements in working memory skills. Follow-up studies indicate that results might only be sustained long-term for visual memory skills.

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Reviewed by Patricia Quinn, MD on February 12, 2014
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