Most people dealing with symptoms of attention deficit disorder do not realize there is a non drug option.
Around 10% of males in school have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Up to 20% reportedly have ADD symptoms that come and go. ADD is the most common learning/behavioral problem in children. Researchers have linked ADD with relationship problems, job problems, drug abuse, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and diabetes. We are now seeing many adults dealing with ADD symptoms as well.
The number one treatment for these problems is stimulant medication. Stimulant drugs have been linked to poor sleep, decreased appetite, and suicidal thoughts. Many of the patients we see in our office have their children on these drugs and still report problems with attention, focus, and impulsiveness. Most people don’t realize non-drug options exist.
In most cases of ADD and ADHD, there exists an electrical imbalance in the brain. We can measure the electrical output of the brain by using EEG. EEG is very similar to EKG, which is used to measure the electrical activity of the heart. Using EEG leads and comparing those recordings to a normative database is the definition of a brain map. Brain maps can find electrical imbalances in the brain, which are associated with certain symptoms. We can often correct these imbalances with neurofeedback, brain rehab exercises and nutrition.
Neurofeedback is the retraining of brain waves by use of computer. We use the brain map, neurological examination and history to perform a targeted treatment process of the brain. The advanced training system we use performs this process while the participant watches a movie. NASA, the US military and professional athletes have used neurofeedback in the past to gain a brain based advantage.
We have used this technology along with advanced brain rehab techniques for over 8 years with great success. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that neurofeedback (the retraining of brain waves) was as effective as stimulant medication for attention deficit disorder. One of the best parts about neurofeedback is that the results are long lasting. Most patients don’t have to return for more treatment once the process is finished.
It is important in any situation to find the cause of the problem. Drug can sometimes help short term in the masking of ADD symptoms. Rarely, if at all, do the drugs actually fix the problem. A University of Cambridge study recently reported: “Up to 70% of children with ADHD exhibit symptoms into their adult years, and these symptoms interfere significantly with academic, vocational and social functioning.”
The best course of action for anyone dealing with ADHD symptoms is to get a brain map. This 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized analysis of brain function tells us if there is a neurological reason behind the symptoms people are suffering from. For more information, feel free to call us a The Martin Clinic at 770.237.3970 or check us out at www.themartinclinic.com.
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