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Biofeedback training

Vol. 10, No. 03 / March 2011

I enjoyed reading “The re-emerging role of therapeutic neuromodulation” (Current Psychiatry, November 2010, p. 6674), which is an informative summary of neuromodulation in psychiatric practice. I was surprised and disappointed, however, that there was no mention of electroencephalogram biofeedback training. Increasing numbers of controlled studies have demonstrated its effectiveness.1-3 It seems as if psychiatry is interested only in invasive approaches.

Richard Dombrowski, PhD
Private Practice
Lansing, MI


1. Arns M, de Ridder S, Strehl U, et al. Efficacy of neurofeedback treatment in ADHD: the effects on inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity: a metaanalysis. Clin EEG Neurosci. 2009;40:180-189.

2. Egner T, Sterman MB. Neurofeedback treatment of epilepsy: from basic rationale to practical application. Expert Rev Neurother. 2006;6:247-257.

3. Thornton KE, Carmody DP. Traumatic brain injury rehabilitation: QEEG biofeedback treatment protocols. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2009;34:59-68.

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