Many children with ADHD benefit from medication treatment, behavioral treatment, or their combination, but others do not. In addition, parents are often reluctant to start their child on medication and high quality behavioral treatments are not readily accessible in many areas. The long-term efficacy of these treatments is also less than desirable. Thus, despite these evidence-based ADHD treatments, there is a pressing need to develop novel treatments with strong research support.
A study published recently in Translational Psychiatry [Dakawar-Kawar et al (2023). Transcranial random noise stimulation combined with cognitive training for treating ADHD: a randomized sham-controlled trial.] reports promising results for a novel ADHD treatment approach.
Study participants were 24 6–12 year-old children recently diagnosed with ADHD following a comprehensive evaluation. They were randomly assigned to receive either a) a type of Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES) called Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (TRNS) or b) sham stimulation; children in both groups engaged in computerized cognitive training during the sessions. [Read more…] about Non-invasive Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES) shows early promise to treat ADHD symptoms in children