Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) group training was shown to achieve the same results as neurofeedback training in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Both methods led to a comparable decrease in symptoms. CBT, however, proved to be generally more efficient, concluded Dr. Michael Schönenberg and his team at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Tübingen. Their statement is based on the results of a comparative study of different types of therapy carried out with adult test subjects. The results have been published in the professional journal The Lancet Psychiatry.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental illness that already begins in childhood or young adulthood. In sixty percent of the cases, it continues into adulthood and can lead to difficulties in professional and private life. Those confronted with it tell of symptoms such as impulsiveness, low stress tolerance, inner restlessness and compulsion. Along with these come difficulties in planning and organization as well as the inability to concentrate on a single task for longer periods and follow it through to completion. These symptoms can be treated well with medication, yet similar successes have been reported for non-pharmacological types of therapy.
One of the most controversial types of therapy is what is known as neurofeedback, in which