J Korean Soc Biol Ther Psychiatry.  2020 Oct;26(3):195-202.

Neurofeedback : Possibility of Alternative Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Children with ADHD

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea


The treatment strategy for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) mainly involves medication, although research on non-pharmaceutical treatments steadily continues. Neurofeedback is considered as a nonpharmacological treatment strategy for children with ADHD. In this review, the concept and principles of neurofeedback, the electroencephalography characteristics of children with ADHD, and the background for application of neurofeedback therapy in these subjects are described. The results of the latest studies are presented, showing that neurofeedback treatment seems to be effective in improving some symptoms, and that it can be useful as a complementary treatment. However, further research is needed to investigate whether neurofeedback alone may be as effective as drug treatments.


Neurofeedback; Neurofeedback; Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; Non-pharmaceutical treatment; Non-pharmaceutical treatment
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