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October Newsletter: Neurofeedback for ADHD

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Click here to sign up for the "ADD/ADHD in the EEG" talk on November 11th at 12 PM (MST)

Want to learn more about ADD/ADHD and available treatments? Joe Castellano will be giving a virtual talk about ADD/ADHD from both psychological and physiological perspectives for therapists, teachers, parents, psychiatrists, and anyone else who would like to have a better understanding of what is driving the behaviors they see when symptoms of ADD/ADHD are present. 

Are you or someone you love suffering from symptoms of ADD/ADHD?


While the American Academy of Pediatrics reports rates of ADHD at 7-10% of American children, ages 7-10 [6], one does not have to be a child OR rise to the level of having a confirmed ADHD diagnosis to be suffering from symptoms.  
 

Neurofeedback has been shown to be “efficacious and specific” in the treatment of ADHD [8]. Based on decades of research, neurofeedback has been shown to be reliably effective for ADHD. [5][4][7].


Common Issues Include: 

  1. Inattention: which is more the executive control of attention, or ability to sustain one’s attention on things they do not find interesting 

  2. Hyperactivity: restless, fidgety, as if driven by a motor… 

  3. Impulsivity: difficulty regulating behavior, interrupts others, at-risk behaviors… 

  4. Emotional Regulation: quick to anger, easily dysregulated, difficulty dealing with adversity. While listed as an associate feature in the DSM it is a core symptom of ADHD [2]

  5. Difficulty with sleep onset (made worse by excessive screen time) [1]

With many children and adults needing to find ways to function with home school and working from home, in environments that lack the structure offered by the more traditional school and employment models; people with ADHD are especially vulnerable to suffer as they often lack the internal structure other’s can create for themselves.

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References: 

  1. Arns, M., van der Heijden, K. B., Arnold, L. E., & Kenemans, J. L. (2013). Geographic variation in the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: the sunny perspective. Biological psychiatry, 74(8), 585–590. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.02.010

  2. Barkley, R. A. (Ed.). (2015). Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment (4th ed.). The Guilford Press.

  3. Gunkelman, J. (2006). Transcend the DSM Using Phenotypes. Biofeedback, 34 (3), 95-98. 

  4. Johnstone, J., Gunkelman, J., & Lunt, J. (2005). Clinical Database Development: Characterization of EEG Phenotypes. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 36(2), 99–107. https://doi.org/10.1177/155005940503600209

  5. Lubar, J., & Shouse, M. (1976). EEG and behavioral changes in hyperkinetic child concurrent with training of the sensorimotorrhythm (SMR). Biofeedback and Self-regulation, 1 (3), 293-306. 

  6. Monastra, V. J., Lynn, S., Linden, M., Lubar, J., Gruzelier, J., La Vaque, T. (2005). Electroencephalographic Biofeedback in the Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Neurotherapy, 9 (4), 5-34. 

  7. Steiner, N. J., Frenette, E., Rene, K. M., Brennan, R. T., Perrin, E. C. (2014). In-School Neurofeedback Training for ADHD; Sustained Improvements From a Randomized Control Trial. Pediatrics , 133 (3), 483-491. 

  8. Strehl, U., Aggensteiner, P., Wachtlin, D., Brandeis, D., Albrecht, B., Arana, M., Bach, C., Banaschewski, T., Bogen, T., Flaig-Röhr, A., Freitag, C. M., Fuchsenberger, Y., Gest, S., Gevensleben, H., Herde, L., Hohmann, S., Legenbauer, T., Marx, A. M., Millenet, S., Pniewski, B., … Holtmann, M. (2017). Neurofeedback of Slow Cortical Potentials in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Multicenter Randomized Trial Controlling for Unspecific Effects. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 11, 135. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00135

  9. Van Doren J, Arns M, Heinrich H, Vollebregt MA, Strehl U, K Loo S. Sustained effects of neurofeedback in ADHD: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019;28(3):293-305. 

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