Let’s face it, we all have lapses in our attention. You know how it goes…you finally sit down to work on a project and you find yourself daydreaming or working on something else. That’s just the tip of the iceberg; there are thousands of examples. Ever get that sinking feeling when you walk into a room and you can’t remember why? How about being in a middle of a conversation and completely losing your train of thought? Or even worse, being in a middle of a conversation and realizing you have completely tuned the other person out?
If you’re like me, you can relate to these examples. For most people, these lapses in attention are minor inconveniences that cause occasional frustration or embarrassment. However, for others, difficulties with attention are more severe and cause significant impairment in one or more areas of life, such as school, work, and relationships. Significant impairment related to attention can be seen in a number of conditions, such as Traumatic Brain Injury, stroke, and ADHD.
Neurofeedback Improves Attention
Neurofeedback is an effective way to treat attention problems, including ADHD. When I first started learning about neurofeedback many years ago, I have to admit, I was skeptical. OK, I was very skeptical. But as I started to look closely at the research, I realized there was something to it. In fact, in 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics rated neurofeedback as having “Level 1 Best Support” as a psychosocial intervention for ADHD.
So is it that neurofeedback improves attention? Well, the short answer is that neurofeedback trains your brain to regulate itself and work in a more efficient way. Your brain learns how to produce the right signal, at the right frequency, at the right time. For the long answer, I encourage you to read our page about neurofeedback or visit the website for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research.
As I have progressed through my professional and personal life (which is a fancy way of saying “as I get older”), I have come to value holistic approaches to problems. Don’t get me wrong, I still value Western medicine and what it has to offer. However, I now spend more time thinking about the non-medication options that are available. Neurofeedback is high on that list.