Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADD) are conditions where a person will have extreme problems with distractibility, to the point that it causes an issue with school, home, or relationships. People dealing with ADHD will often also experience hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADHD and ADD can affect both children and adults and, while ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, adults who have been suffering from symptoms in the dark for decades may realize that they, too, have ADHD once their children have been diagnosed.
ADHD symptoms vary, but there are a few constants:
- Fidgeting and squirming
- Unfinished tasks or unable to start new tasks
- Lack of focus
- Emotional turmoil/inability control emotions
Treatment for ADHD should be multi-modal and evolve as required for each person’s specific needs. While medication is often the first step, it shouldn’t be the only one. The goal of ADHD treatment is to decrease symptoms and to use strategies to improve daily life. There is no cure for ADHD, but symptoms can be better understood and addressed through neurofeedback therapy.
How can Neurotherapy help?
The concept of neurofeedback as an intervention for ADHD is based on data showing that many individuals with ADHD have more slow-wave power in their brain than those without ADHD. The purpose of neurofeedback treatment is to assist in correcting that imbalance and to teach each patient how to produce the brain-wave patterns associated with focus.
RESEARCH ON NEUROFEEDBACK & ADHD
There have been studies of 100 children demonstrating that the results last at least 3 years (Monastra, 2005) below. Also below is a case study of a boy whose results lasted at least 10 years:
Monastra VJ (2005). Electroencephalographic biofeedback (neurotherapy) as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: rationale and empirical foundation. Child Adolesc Psychiatric Clin N Am, 14, 55– 82