Neurofeedback and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Insufficient evidence – there either hasn’t been any research on this treatment option or there is a small amount of evidence with unclear conclusions.

It is thought that in ADHD there are differences in the electrical activity of the brain, specifically in areas that control attention and impulsivity. The theory behind neurofeedback as a treatment for ADHD is that it might be possible to train someone to control their brains electrical activity. This is done be measuring the brains electrical activity using an electro encephalogram (where removable electrodes are placed on the head) while completing a simple task. This can give feedback on the brains electrical activity and teach ways to control it. A typical course of neurofeedback can involve 40 or more sessions.  

Studies of neurofeedback on ADHD have shown mixed results and it is not generally available as a treatment in the UK.  

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.

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