Biofeedback in Psychiatry

  • David Shapiro
  • Ann Dee Futterman
  • Joe Yamamoto


There has been widespread interest in the application of biofeedback techniques to the treatment of psychiatric, psychosomatic, and other disorders. Although experimental research on biofeedback is extensive and systematic, the clinical literature is characterized by anecdotal and single case reports and inadequately controlled studies with small samples. In a Task Force Report, Stroebel (1979) concluded that no convincing evidence supported the application of biofeedback as a specific treatment for any psychiatric disorder listed in DSM-III. Other authors share Stroebel’s appraisal of the literature (Rickles, Onada, & Doyle, 1982). However, biofeedback has been attractive to practitioners, apparently because of its objectivity and its ability to manage physiological and psychological manifestations of illness. Biofeedback fits in with contemporary orientation toward brief therapy and the practical management of psychiatric symptoms.


Migraine Headache Tension Headache Biofeedback Training Task Force Report Clin Psych 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Shapiro
    • 1
  • Ann Dee Futterman
    • 1
  • Joe Yamamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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