Attention-Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) are brain problems which have distractibility, impulsivity, inattention and a lack of follow through as basic symptoms. When observed by parents and teachers, it is often thought of as a behavioral disorder. The actual diagnosis of ADD/ADHD is made using behavioral checklists and comparing those behaviors to normal individuals the same age. Because most children show ADD and ADHD behaviors to some degree, the problem with ADHD is how much of the behaviors occur. When the behaviors interfere with normal functioning, they are seen as a problem. Since normal developmental behaviors and many complex disorders have the same signs, things may get confusing to the observer.
Neurologically, ADD and ADHD are arousal problems in the brain not behavioral problems. Poor regulation of the arousal state and variations in the predominant brain wave activity characterize the problem.
Neurofeedback uses brain therapy to change the underlying problem of ADD and ADHD and can help almost everyone learn to improve attention and gain control. Neurofeedback uses feedback to to train the brain to improve arousal and atention without drugs. Because neurofeedback looks like a computer game, it is particularly suitable to children.
Why neurofeedback? Brainwave disregulation is the basis for ADD and ADHD behaviors. Neurofeedback trains the brain to become focused, calm and in-control. Training the rhythm of the brain improves the efficiency of the brain.
Research has shown that patients who train on a consistent schedule have shown an 85% improved ability to focus, regulate behavior, and decrease symptoms. In consultation with physicians, they often have been able to decrease medication as the behaviors are improved.
Treatment time? Depending on the severity of the disorder, complexity of the situation and commitment to treatment, the treatment time will vary. Where necessary, environmental issues may be involved, and the family may need to accommodate to also make lifestyle changes if necessary to improve outcomes.