Overview of Treatment
A global phenomenon that is practiced by specialists all over the world, neurofeedback has managed to enter the American lexicon, yet it remains outside the gates of established medicine. Today, many organizations devoted to ADHD continue to regard neurofeedback as an experimental treatment that can't take the place of more conventional treatments, and which is best approached with skepticism and caution.
That said, many ADHD experts believe neurofeedback is one of the most effective ways to treat childhood ADHD today. A review paper on EEG biofeedback for ADHD published in the Psychiatric Clinics of North America identified multiple published group studies in which the benefits of neurofeedback were either comparable to or exceeded benefits seen in patients treated with stimulant medication.
Expanding Role of Neurofeedback
Since the 1980s, the principles of neurofeedback have expanded from the medical field into the realms of education, professional sports, and even the board room.
Neurofeedback is also used in education settings to help remediate reading and math disabilities, has infiltrated professional sports (where it is used to maximize the “peak performance” of athletes), is used by artists, and used in corporate settings to increase productivity, morale, and profits.