A recently published meta-analysis of 10 studies found that Neurofeedback is as effective as stimulant medication at 6 months.  Specifically, they found that NF reduced inattention and impulsivity/hyperactivity.

This is even more powerful considering that research methods with NF demand that all clients get the same treatment.  In practice, we do a brain map to evaluate which parts of the brain are underperforming and target those areas specifically for treatment.  So to have a powerful effect when all received the same treatment really says something.  We can also assume that NF doesn’t result in the height reduction found in kids who are on stimulants long term.

We continue to see more and more data about the robustness of neurofeedback in treating ADHD.  In 2011, 11% of U.S. kids were diagnosed with ADHD.  No doubt that number has continued to rise with the proliferation of technology.  Information consumes attention.  Technology and media are designed to weaken attention and willpower to keep you watching.  It is the anti-meditation.  If we meditated as much as we tune out with tech, we would be extremely clear, focused, and a whole lot happier.


Van Doren, J., Arns, M., Heinrich, H., Vollebregt, M. A., Strehl, U., & Loo, S. K. (2018). Sustained effects of neurofeedback in ADHD: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-018-1121-4

Direct URL to Study: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00787-018-1121-4

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