Generally, neurofeedback treatment is considered a safe practice and carries minimal risks. The therapy itself isn’t associated with damage or harm to the brain. The most common side effects of the treatment include headset discomfort and tiredness. Still, people wonder, can neurofeedback damage your brain?
The consensus is that neurofeedback cannot damage the brain. Some studies indicate possible brain wave therapy side effects of agitation and irritability in patients with depression and central nervous system impairment.
There is also the chance that neurofeedback won’t work for you at all. Though it has worked for many, there is no guarantee you’ll respond to the treatment in the way you hope or the way your doctor predicts. This comes with the risk of wasting time and money.
Lastly, a risk of neurofeedback therapy is working with an unqualified neurofeedback therapist. Someone who is not qualified could miss important diagnostic information or miss symptoms and behaviors that need treatment.8