Neurofeedback and ADHD
Neurofeedback is a natural non-drug non-pharmacological treatment or alternative to treating ADHD. Yes, it really works well. It is scientifically proven to reduce ADHD.
Imagine trying to pay attention to another lecture, while so much is going on around you. There may be 20 kids/co-workers around you, some shuffling their feet and papers, some whispering, others moving around, or clearing their throat. Your brain becomes overwhelmed trying to filter out all of the noise and movement. Your brain is even having conversations with itself! You are restless and trying to calm your body to be still because you know you will distract others if you move around. You start to zone out because there is no off button to the brain, and you are overwhelmed. Life is difficult enough, but when you are trying to focus on learning and be accepted socially, school or work can feel like you are forced to sit in a box.
It is difficult enough to focus on conversations in the moment, but then people want you to remember what they said? They wave their hand and say, “Hello, are you listening to me?” Nope, you are trying to not listen to anything…you are overwhelmed.
As a parent, do you blame your parenting for your child’s behavior? Some kids exhibit immature behavior so parenting isn’t always intuitive with a kid with ADHD.
Talk therapy can teach children skills for years, and guess what? The kids are too amped up to grasp onto the skills, and certainly too amped up to recall and use them in the moment.
If you are an adult with ADHD, you feel like you don’t get anything done, can’t concentrate, or focus on anything that you try. You may not understand why you keep putting projects off. What’s the big deal, you will get to them eventually?
Procrastination is common with ADHD because you need that surge of anxiety about a deadline to motivate you.
Do you feel that your brain is just different and that you can just focus on a million things at once? I hate to tell you this, but your brain cannot focus on different things at once. It switches back and forth between what you are doing, what you are noticing, and what you are thinking about that has nothing to do with the conversation taking place. That means by switching back and forth, even if it is just a second or two, that you are missing out on conversations or lectures or whatever you are trying to focus on.
People with ADHD can be described as:
- easily distracted
- display immature behavior
- have the need to constantly move
- have poor school performance
- makes careless mistakes on school work
ADHD is a brain problem.
Neurons are cells that fire electricity (like an electrical current) to give and receive information to other parts of the brain. When neurons do not connect with other parts of the brain, the brain becomes dysregulated.
- Increased academic performance
- Increased attention, focus, and concentration
- Decreased frustration and negative behavior
- Improvement in communication and social skills
- Improvement in mood
- Improved athletic performance
At Intellect LLC, our goal is to improve brain functioning, permanently. After 10 sessions, we ask that you address beginning to reduce medications with your prescription provider.
What about stimulant medication?
- Only about 80% of children are helped by stimulant medication
- Can create a dependence or abuse of stimulant medication
- Stimulant medications have side effects (sleep disturbance, irritability, appetite suppression, liver function, increase in tics)
- A dose will not last until the evening hours when children are attempting their homework.
- Medication will only temporarily mask symptoms, medication does not correct the behavior or change the brain.
It is time for you to take back control of your life, call today so that I can sit down with you and explain how I may help you be better.