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  1. Not tested in a large double-blind study?? Please note: Neurofeedback (NF), or EEG biofeedback, has been practiced for well over four decades. Hundreds of thousands of individuals and families impacted by various mental health and/or neurological conditions have benefited greatly from this powerful, effective, established, and proven intervention. NF is relatively non-invasive and creates lasting results in stark contrast from the outcomes derived from pharmaceutical treatment for a wide variety of conditions. We estimate over 15,000 clinicians, world-wide are using this technology. The represented professions are inclusive of: psychology, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, nursing, neurology, pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, naturopathic medicine, speech and language pathology, chiropractic, psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and family medicine.

    Contrary to claims that NF is insufficiently supported by research, here are links to a sample of just five rigorous scientific studies that provide solid evidence of the effectiveness and power of NF for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):

    Arns, M., de Ridder, S., Strehl, U., Breteler, M., & Coenen, A. (2009). Efficacy of neurofeedback treatment in ADHD: The effects on inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity: A meta-analysis. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 40(3), 180-189.


    Coben, R., Wright, E. K., Decker, S. L., & Morgan, T. (2015). The impact of coherence neurofeedback on reading delays in learning disabled children: A Randomized controlled study. NeuroRegulation, 2(4), 168-178. doi:10.15540/nr.2.4.168

    Micoulaud-Franchi, J-A., Geoffroy, P. A., Fond, G., Lopez, R., Bioulac, S., Philip, P. (2014). EEG neurofeedback treatments in children with ADHD: An update meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(906), 1-7.


    Steiner, N. J., Frenette, E. C., Rene K. M., Brennan, R. T., & Perrin, E. C. (2014). In-school neurofeedback training for ADHD: Sustained improvements from a randomized control trial. Pediatrics, 133(3), 483-492. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-2059.


    Wigton, N. L., & Krigbaum, G. (2015). Attention, executive function, behavior, and electrocortical function, significantly improved with 19-channel z-score neurofeedback in a clinical setting: A pilot study. Journal of Attention Disorders, [e-pub ahead of print].


    Moreover, as can be found in the ISNR Comprehensive Bibliography (, ISNR’s official peer-reviewed scientific journal NeuroRegulation (, and the archives of ISNR’s Journal of Neurotherapy (, the research literature is substantial. For example, 1,447 peer reviewed journal articles are cited in the National Library of Medicine when using the search terms: ‘EEG Biofeedback’, and in recent years there has been exponential growth in publications related to neurofeedback.

    This literature documents the efficacy of NF for numerous conditions, inclusive of: ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, epilepsy, substance use disorders, PTSD, autism, learning disorders, brain injury, insomnia, and headaches. While there are a few randomized trials showing that NF is equivalent to a placebo, there are a larger number that demonstrate greater efficacy. Moreover, the number of randomized controlled trials showing efficacy are being published with growing frequency. For example, this study by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. and colleagues was recently published in December 2016:van der Kolk, B. A., Hodgdon, H., Gapen, M., Musicaro, R., Suvak, M. K., Hamlin, E., & Spinazzola, J. (2016) A Randomized Controlled Study of Neurofeedback for Chronic PTSD. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0166752.


    Please keep your readers up to date.

  2. I was diagnosed at 35 by a psychologist who specialized in both adult and child ADHD. There were over nine hours of discussion, computer testing and going over items such as reports cards from elementary through high school. I took Ritalin with great success and then had to quit as I was expecting a child. I went through rehab (alcohol) at Promises Malibu for three months and was introduced to Neurofeedback by my counselor Janice Whitt.

    I had roughly 60 sessions which lasted approximately 75 minutes each. Though I did this first thing most mornings, it always felt a little different. By the third month I LOVED it. It was amazing learning how to control to the various stimuli, including auditory and visual, (Brainpaint™ was the program I used). I really wanted to obtain a unit from the man who developed it in LA, and just kinda let that go. I cannot believe the changes I am STILL (3 years later) experiencing. I found that I have an extremely and easily habit-forming personality. If drinking two gallons of milk made me “feel good” at the moment, I would have done it! I still have times where I have to stop and self-assess what I’m feeling, however, I have NO desire (organically) to alter my state of mind any longer. Well, for today, anyway. I am a SOLID believer in this type of therapy. It is a huge commitment and it gets deep (I also underwent EMDR and Somatic Experience) as you go along. I had tried various forms of Behavioral therapy over many years and never really made any long term progress. Neurofeedback Feedback WORKED!

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