The Frontier of ADHD Interventions

In my last post, Let the Games Begin?, I shared the recently approved video game prescription for ADHD and this got me thinking about other interventions on the frontier… 

Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation. In the spring of 2019, the FDA approved TNS as a “treatment” for childhood ADHD based on research out of UCLA: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6481187/

The device the researchers used is called Monarch eTNS. It sends gentle electrical pulses to the trigeminal nerve, which then leads to stimulation of various brain regions.

For a user-friendly description of the research, see https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/07-08/adhd-children

Neurofeedback. A 2020 review by scholars from several countries found it useful for children with ADHD: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7250955/

Other research suggests its promising use with adults, too: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11920-019-1021-4

 

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