Neurofeedback and The Role of Sleep in Psychiatric Disorders – Dr. Martjin Arns

Posted on: February 20, 2019
Last Updated: December 7, 2023

Dr. Sanil Rege, Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder of Psych Scene and Psych Scene Hub speaks to Dr. Martijn Arns, Chief Scientific Adviser, neuroCare Group; Founding Director & Senior Researcher at Research Institute Brainclinics.

Speaker Quote

I would really hope that at some point in time there will be implications for non-treatment-resistant depression because I think it [neuromodulation] can be helpful there as well, and maybe by the time it becomes more cost efficient that’s something to be considered. Other indications will come along but I don’t think that rTMS will be a magic cure. In my view, all neuromodulation techniques will have their own niche application.

Take-home Messages:

  • Neurofeedback seems to be a promising treatment for ADHD
  • Neurofeedback has been investigated favorably in the treatment of ADHD where sleep problems may explain many patient symptoms, in particular, inattentiveness
  • There is an intricate relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders
  • Sleep deprivation/restriction has a significant negative effect on cognition
  • Blue light exposure via devices acts a major sleep disruptor due to significant melatonin suppression via blue light (This is why night shift features exist on the iPhone)
  • Developing symptom clusters and better research domain criteria will be critical if we are to develop personalized medicine for individuals


Learn more

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  3. The Potential Side Effects of rTMS – Dr.Martjin Arns
  4. Localising The Exact Point of Maximum Stimulation For rTMS – Dr. Martjin Arns
  5. The Principle Behind Choosing The Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex for rTMS – Dr. Martjin Arns
  6. Key Differences Between High Frequency & Low Frequency rTMS Protocols – Dr. Martjin Arns
  7. Typical Response & Remission Rates of rTMS in Treatment Resistant Cases – Dr. Martijn Arns
  8. Key Differences Between rTMS and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) – Dr. Martijn Arns
  9. Clinical Indications for Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) – Dr. Martijn Arns
  10. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in Depression – Conversations with Dr Martijn Arns, Neuromodulation Expert
  11. What are the Reasons for the Rise in Interest in Neuromodulation? – Conversations with Dr Martijn Arns, Neuromodulation Expert
  12. How Did You Get Interested in the Field of Neuromodulation? – Conversations with Dr Martijn Arns, Neuromodulation Expert