Neurofeedback for ADHD, Anxiety, OCD and Mood


We interviewed Roseann Capanna-Hodge EdD about neurofeedback for ADHD, anxiety, OCD and mood disorders. You can watch the replay below.

What Is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that can retrain the brain to produce more of desired wavelengths and less of undesired wavelengths.

With this therapy, a child’s (or adult’s) brain learns through a feedback loop of scalp sensors hooked up to a neurofeedback machine. The machine shows a more-rewarding version of a movie or video that the child picked out if the brain uses desired wavelengths.

The brain automatically learns how to have the more-rewarding video version shown, which is done if desired brain wavelengths are used.

What Conditions Can Neurofeedback Help?

In clinical settings, neurofeedback has been shown to help reduce symptoms of the following conditions:

What Does the Research Say?

In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics elevated neurofeedback to a “Level One — Best Support” intervention for attention and hyperactivity behaviors. A Level One Support means that it is just as effective as medication at lowering symptoms.

In addition, there are thousands of peer-reviewed medical research studies that document the potential benefits of neurofeedback for ADHD, PTSD, depression, addiction, anxiety and more. We have listed a few select studies in the “Sources & References” section at the bottom of this page.

In This Webinar

In this webinar, Dr. Roseann helped us answer the following questions:

  • What is neurofeedback?
  • Why should a QEEG (Quantitative ElectroEncephalogram) brain map be performed before a neurofeedback program?
  • What is the mechanism by which neurofeedback works?
  • What kinds of neurological conditions does neurofeedback help?
  • Does making dietary changes compound the benefits of neurofeedback?
  • Do any other health modifications help?
  • What are examples of success stories of neurofeedback for ADHD, anxiety, OCD and mood disorders?

Please note that you will be asked to provide your email address at the 30-minute mark to continue viewing the replay.

About Roseann Capanna-Hodge EdD

Dr. Roseann is a mental health trailblazer, founder of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and Dr. Roseann, LLC, who is “changing the way we view and treat children’s mental health.”

Forbes magazine called her “A thought leader in children’s mental health”.

With her trademarked method, BrainBehaviorReset™, Dr. Roseann has helped thousands address the most challenging conditions such as ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety, OCD, mood, Lyme, and PANS/PANDAS using science-backed holistic therapies.

Ana-Maria Temple MD

She is the author of It’s Gonna be OK!™: Proven Ways to Improve Your Child’s Health as well as the first-ever book on teletherapy activities for child and adolescent therapists, Teletherapy Toolkit™: Therapist Handbook for Handling Children and Teens.

Her books, Natural Parenting Solutions Facebook group, and remote neurofeedback program give parents step-by-step solutions for their struggling kids.

A media personality, she is often featured on dozens of media outlets such as Fox, CBS, NBC, Parents magazine, and the New York Times. You can find out more about her at her website


This webinar is not a substitute for medical advice, treatment, diagnosis, or consultation with a medical professional. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on to make determinations related to treatment of a medical condition. Epidemic Answers has not verified and does not guaranty the accuracy of the information provided in this webinar.

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Sources & References

American Academy of Pediatrics. Biofeedback now a “Level 1 — Best Support” Intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors. Evidence-based Child and Adolescent Psycho-social Interventions. 2012 Oct 5.

Arns, M., et al. Efficacy of neurofeedback treatment in ADHD: the effects on inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity: a meta-analysis. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 40(3), 180-189.

Beauregard, M., et al. Functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of the effects of neurofeedback training on neural bases of selective attention and response inhibition in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2006 Mar;31(1):3-20.

Chiu, H.J., et al. Surface electroencephalographic neurofeedback improves sustained attention in ADHD: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health. 2022 Dec 19;16(1):104.

Dudek, E., et al. The efficacy of real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging neurofeedback for psychiatric illness: A meta-analysis of brain and behavioral outcomes.
Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2021 Feb;121:291-306.

Duric, N.S., et al. Neurofeedback for the treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD: A randomized and controlled clinical trial using parental reports. BMC Psychiatry, 2012 Aug 10;12:107.

Gani, C., et al. Long term effects after feedback of slow cortical potentials and of theta-beta-amplitudes in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. International Journal of Bioelectromagnetism, 2008; 10, 4, 209 -232.

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