ADD and EEG Neurofeedback

Q:

"My children and I have had wonderful results with EEG neurofeedback training. Why don't more doctors make information about this alternative available to their patients?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
A:

There are two reasons why neurofeedback is not widely accepted among doctors.

First, no research has shown that the theory behind the treatment or the treatment itself is effective for people with ADHD.

Second, when children or adults who receive this treatment are studied, most show no benefit. The question for you is if the neurofeedback treatment made the difference, or if there might have been another contributing factor (medication, special help in school for your children, increased parental attention, etc.).

I will not discourage any ADHD adult or parent from trying what they think will help; however, I do not condone treatments where the claims and findings cannot be significantly duplicated.

Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
 
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