Neurofeedback and ADHD
Neurofeedback is a scientifically-proven natural/ non-drug alternative to relieve symptoms of ADHD. **The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified that NFB is a level I evidenced-based treatment of ADHD.
Imagine that you are trying to focus to another lecture, while so much is going on around you. There may be kids or co-workers around you, shuffling their feet and papers, whispering, or clearing their throat. Your brain becomes overwhelmed trying to filter out noise and movement in the room. You are restless and trying to calm your body 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. Life is difficult enough, but when you are trying to focus on learning and to be accepted socially, school or work can feel like you are forced to sit in a box.
You may feel like you don’t get anything done and keep putting projects off, but 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.
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, you are missing out on conversations or lectures.
Parenting a child with ADHD isn’t always intuitive because some kids exhibit immature or silly behavior. Talk therapy can teach children skills, but kids are too amped up to recall and use them in-the-moment.
ADHD is a brain problem.
Neurons are cells that fire a signal to give and receive information to other parts of the brain. When neurons do not communicate with other parts of the brain, the brain becomes dysregulated. On spec scans you can see the areas of dysregulaiton in the ADHD brian.
People with ADHD can be described as:
- display immature behavior
- have the need to constantly move
- have poor school performance
- makes careless mistakes on school work
- easily distracted
What about stimulant medication?
At Intellect LLC, our goal is to improve brain functioning. After 10 sessions, we ask that you address reducing medications with your prescription provider because your brain should be working better.
- 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 neurofeedback may enable your brain to work better.