Facts and looking at the ADD/ADHD Brain
Stimulant drugs may produce an amount of short term benefit in reducing some symptoms associated with ADHD, however, they can have harmful side effects. We are happy to offer a non-invasive, drug free alternative therapy.
In October of 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report that is intended to serve as a guide for medical doctors in choosing appropriate treatment interventions for many childhood conditions. The report lists QEEG Neurofeedback as a Level One, best support treatment for ADHD – as effective as medication but without potentially dangerous side effects!
If you (or your child) have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you know that it’s not just a problem in paying attention.
What is ADHD?
It’s estimated that up to 10% of Americans have ADHD. Additionally, this rate increases significantly in families where one parent who also has this disorder. ADHD is associated with lack of sufficient activity in the frontal lobes of the brain. This means that the part of the brain that handles thinking, planning, concentrating and staying focused isn’t as active as it needs to be. As a result, a person with ADHD often struggles to succeed in school, work and at home.
Brain Mapping the ADHD Brain
A Quantitative Electrical Encephalogram (QEEG) brain map shows us a window into the brain to see how the brain is functioning. It can show which areas function too fast as well as areas that are too slow. Using this information, the use of neurofeedback can be used to decrease the symptoms associated with ADHD in children and adults.
How BrainCore Therapy Works
The basic idea behind Neurofeedback is that when a client learns how to control the level of brainwave activity in certain regions of the brain, improvement of other ADHD symptoms occurs. Clients learn to control the level of brainwave activity by receiving information in the form of sounds and pictures while they are hooked up to non-invasive sensors placed on the scalp specific to the area of brain disorder.
Before BrainCore of Hampton Roads begins, a comprehensive assessment is performed that allows us to determine, in a scientifically objective manner whether a client’s brainwave patterns are different from normal. After the assessment, the individual is hooked up to a computer using wires and sensors and the computer records their brainwave activity. These sensors do not cause pain, as no electrical current is transfered into the brain. The sensors only record the brainwaves coming from the brain and display them on a monitor. There are two common approaches in BrainCore of Hampton Roads uses:
A person with ADHD watches a puzzle of a picture that is being filled in one piece at a time. As long as the client’s brainwaves are moving in an orderly direction, the puzzle pieces are filled in and the client hears a tone. If the orderly pattern is interrupted, then the puzzle does not get filled in and the tone is not made. The client controls the completion of the puzzle with their brain and by doing so is retraining the brain to regulate itself.
In another method, the ADHD client performs the brain training while watching a movie. The individual will watch a movie that he or she controls by their ability to regulate brainwaves. For example, the movie will get brighter as the brainwaves normalize and become darker when they don’t. The brain’s strong desire to watch the movie clearly will drive those neurological circuits that normalize the brainwaves and allow the picture to become clear. In doing so, the client learns how to use those new circuits in everyday activities as well.
Over a period of time BrainCore of Hampton Roads helps the brain develop new neurological pathways leading to the alleviation of ADHD symptoms in most clients. For more documented research go to www.braincoretherapy.com.