The consortium of the BMBF project »ATTENTION« (= Mobile System for ADHD Therapy Using Transcranial Electrical Neurostimulation) is dedicated to the development of an alternative or complementary ADHD treatment approach that is effective and has few side effects for adult patients. The aim is to develop a novel medical technology system for simultaneous transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) and derivation of an electroencephalogram (EEG) for adult ADHD patients. A tACS-based therapy in patients with ADHD promises a reduction in drug intake and the resulting costs. The aim is also to increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy.
The development envisages a mobile system in order to also implement a home application and thus be able to design the therapy plan more flexibly and individually. In summary, the neurobiological approach pursued in the »ATTENTION« project is intended to help in the future to enable effective, cost-effective, sustainable and low-side-effect therapy of ADHD in adulthood.
The demonstrator to be developed in »ATTENTION« will extract the individual parameters from the EEG, which will be used for neurostimulation with tACS. This will modify neurophysiological markers associated with attention functions. An improvement of the attention ability is also shown in shortened reaction times. A web-based dashboard offers the user, depending on the role in the system, the relevant data in the form of selected and easily interpretable diagrams and graphs and serves as an analysis tool for the collected data. The demonstrator will be tested in several studies, initially with healthy volunteers and later with ADHD patients.