Is there enough research?
A recent child and adolescent psychiatric journal devoted much of a special issue to research in neurofeedback. There are over 1000 publications supporting the field.
Are there differences in neurofeedback and biofeedback?
Neurofeedback is EEG biofeedback – it’s just a specialized form of biofeedback. But there are differences in traditional biofeedback and neurofeedback.
Which professionals use neurofeedback?
It's estimated 2500-3500 health professionals now use neurofeedback, including psychologists, MD's, LCSW's, educational psychologists, marriage and family counselors, RN's. Most of the clinicians in the US using neurofeedback are in private practice. A number are associated with universities. Several professional organizations have been created around the world to support increased professional education for this emerging modality.
What do health professionals say it does for their clients?
In a survey, clinicians who use neurofeedback reported that it improves symptoms for a large percentage of clients. It often reduces the use of medications. Here are other commonly heard comments.
What do clients/patients say about neurofeedback?
An example of some comments from clients with ADD, autism, depression who've used neurofeedback. What are some of the challenges clients face in understanding the impact of neurofeedback? A mix of comments from clients.
Why aren't more MD's recommending or offering neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback works very well in a clinical setting. But few MD's are really educated about it, which is probably the biggest obstacle to acceptance. Why is there such a lack of education? Does insurance coverage play a role in slowing adoption? Is it a problem with research? The answer is straightforward. It's a lack of education and familiarity.
Are there adverse effects?
There are 30 years of clinical experience with neurofeedback, and hundreds of thousands of training sessions. There are no known situations where a long-term adverse effect has been identified.
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