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I read a story about a family who had their child go through neurofeedback therapy to help with her ADD/ADHD. "Neurofeedback was initially developed by NASA in the 60s to improve a pilot’s attention and ability to focus on tasks. Neurofeedback works through a combination of visual and audio stimulation that is specific for each patient."

What happens is you go into the specialist and they put sensors on your head and a couple on your ears. This reads your brain activity and modifies it to help you focus on one task at a time. After 10 sessions of this, the girl in the news story seemed to be able to focus and not need her medication.

Any thoughts on this? Has anyone tried it?


Source: http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/health/neurofeedback-could-help-add_adhd-08212011

Bri Luginbill asked this
September 9, 2011 at 8:13 AM

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I have a thought! Is is practical? If so why isn't it used more often? Is this method covered by insurance? Is this a cure for life or do you have to keep going back for treatments?

Nancy answered
September 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Great questions Nancy! I had those too when I read it. Here's another article by NPR. They explain it can take up to 40 sessions or more, which can cost thousands of dollars! http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130896102

Bri Luginbill answered
September 9, 2011 at 9:06 AM

There was a blog just posted in this community that explains a cheaper way to use neurofeeback to treat ADD/ADHD from your own home.

John answered
September 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Thanks John, looks like a great tool to utilize.

Bri Luginbill answered
September 13, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Our 11 year old son had 10 sessions of Neurofeedback at the BrainTraining Center here in Jupiter, Florida. After each session our son was calmer but the next day we did not see the effects or a build up of the effects. This also is very expensive treatment at $75 a session and is not covered by insurance. I hope this Synaptol will son with his ADHD symtoms.. Just ordered it.

MARLA answered
January 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

We actually tried it with our son. VERY expensive, our insurance did not cover the cost. We drove over an hour there for a 30 minute session twice a week. Did it for over a year. We however did NOT see any signs that this was actually helping. My son was worn out after every session and slept all the way home and then had migraines after waking up. We finally decided to stop doing this.

Theresa answered
November 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM
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