Comments and Controversies
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
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.