ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a common, chronic condition with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. ADD refers to the ‘inattentive’ form of ADHD, or attention deficit disorder.
Both often begin in childhood and can persist into adulthood. ADD/ADHD may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work.
Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity and/or inattentiveness These things lead to having trouble listening to others, becoming bored easily, and taking too long to complete work-related tasks.
How does Neurofeedback therapy help?
ADD/ADHD is often found to live in the prefrontal cortex. The classic finding is excess slow wave and deficit fast wave activity; however, attention issues may be the result of other brain deregulations also.
Neurofeedback has an established body of research in helping people reduce or eliminate their symptoms This is best done by QEEG targeting of the brain activities producing the difficulties.
Joan was a 17-year old whose hobby had always been aviation! As she prepared to obtain her pilot’s license, she discovered that her diagnosis of ADD would prevent her from flying. We tested her with the TOVA (test of variables of attention), and indeed she did have symptoms of inattention and impulsivity in the ADD range. After 13 sessions of targeted neurofeedback, reducing theta, we retested and she did not measure in the ADD range. She was able to provide documentation with her application and move forward toward her chosen career.
Bobby was a 12-year-old boy who was struggling in school despite his parent’s opinion that he was a very smart kid. When they consulted with me, they brought a video they had made. They turned on his laptop camera while he was supposed to be doing homework. Every 10 seconds he was moving around, looking around the room, or breaking into song. He could not concentrate.
Brain mapping revealed that he was experiencing bursts of fast beta waves, spindling though his prefrontal cortex. It was a complete interruption of whatever he had been thinking. 15 sessions of LENS neurofeedback and he was a model student.