Neurofeedback and ADD: ACase Study of LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) on an 8 Year-Old Boy
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Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, drug-free, treatment option for a wide variety of illnesses and disorders. Emerged through the field of biofeedback, neurofeedback therapy is a relatively new method of mind-body treatment that psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and other health professionals employ. By adjusting the amount of brainwave activity, neurofeedback therapy is the process oftraining an individual to self-regulate activity in the brain. This is accomplished through positive and negative reinforcement in the form of audio or visual feedback. By altering the amounts of certain brainwave activity, neurofeedback is used to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, the most prominent of which are epilepsy and ADD. Neurofeedback technology has the ability to supplement the diagnosis ofADD by using objective measures such as the theta-beta brainwave ratio that indicate the neurological signature of ADD. This paper outlines the difficulties that professionals face in diagnosing and treating ADD, and concludes with a case-study of a child who presented with ADD alongside ODD(Oppositional Defiant Disorder) who underwent one of the newest forms of neurofeedback treatment, LENS (LowEnergy Neurofeedback System).