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What is neurofeedback and how does it help ADHD?

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Neurofeedback teaches a person with ADHD how to change brain waves to focus better. Scientists can study these to look for patterns. There are four waves the brain makes: alpha (medium), beta (fast), theta (slow), and delta (deep sleep). Neurofeedback is based on findings that people with ADHD have more theta waves than other people. They also have fewer beta waves. Supporters believe that training the brain to increase the fast beta waves and decrease the slow theta waves can lower ADHD symptoms.

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National Resource Center on ADHD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments: Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) and ADHD.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Behavioral Interventions Effective for Preschoolers with ADHD."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort Shows No Impact on the Symptoms of ADHD."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "Do Alternative Treatments for ADHD, such as Special Diets or Herbal Supplements, Really Work?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

SOURCES:

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments: Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) and ADHD.

National Institute of Mental Health: "Behavioral Interventions Effective for Preschoolers with ADHD."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John's Wort Shows No Impact on the Symptoms of ADHD."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "Do Alternative Treatments for ADHD, such as Special Diets or Herbal Supplements, Really Work?"

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 7, 2019

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