Neuropsychiatrist Investigates Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)and Its Treatment with Neurofeedback in New, Innovative Book
Werner Van den Bergh, M.D, a neurologist and neuropsychiatrist, provides an advanced, in-depthexploration of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its treatment withneurofeedback in a new innovative book.
Corpus Christi, TX, January 13, 2011 --(PR.com)-- BMED Press is pleased to announce the release of the book, “Neurofeedback and State Regulation in ADHD: A Therapy Without Medication,” by WernerVan den Bergh, MD with translation by Stephanie Clark.Dr. Van den Bergh provides an advanced, in-depth exploration of Attention Deficit HyperactivityDisorder (ADHD) and its treatment with neurofeedback. The author synthesizes new scientific insightsinto state regulation deficits and abnormal electrical brain activity that characterize ADHD.Neurofeedback, also known as EEG-biofeedback, is a psychophysiological treatment that attempts tonormalize deviant brainwave activity through operant conditioning procedures.Dr. Van den Bergh is a Belgium neurologist and neuropsychiatrist who uses neurofeedback on a dailybasis in the treatment of pediatric and adult ADHD. He describes his inspiration to write this innovativebook as, “The Berlin psychiatry school of the EEG vigilance model has especially fascinated me for morethan 20 years. Similar dynamic ideas of global EEG spectrum changes have also been described in onestudy by Sterman in 1980, but have never been completely adapted in the neurofeedback field, whichgenerally is still too data-driven. The goal of my book was to reawaken these early profound insights andto offer a broader perspective to the neurofeedback field which, in my opinion, is still lacking.”The discovery that sleep disturbances play a fundamental role in ADHD represents anotheraccomplishment of this unique book. Specifically, the author reveals that children with ADHD displayEEG brainwave patterns similar to healthy people who are sleep deprived. These factors explain whychildren with ADHD have limited self-control and suboptimal adaptation in daily life, which family andteachers often perceive as a matter of poor “willpower.”Over time, the sleep disorder components of ADHD have been ignored, says Dr. Van den Bergh. He addsthat, “...sleep deprivation is known to create a 'frontal-like syndrome,' similar to ADHD, and sleepdeprivation was a model for decreased vigilance in the Berlin EEG vigilance model. This Berlin schoolmodel is not well known in the United States and has its roots in European neuropsychiatry.”Dr. Van den Bergh discusses at length how neurofeedback can improve these underlying state regulationdeficits and why neurofeedback may be a powerful, medication-free treatment for many people withADHD.Other topics that receive considerable attention include EEG mechanisms of attention and self-regulation,SMR-neurofeedback, tomographic (LORETA) 3D neurofeedback, and slow cortical potentials (SCP)neurofeedback.