ADHD is a big problem for our kids. It is reported that almost one in five high school boys have received a diagnosis of ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or attention deficit disorder (without the hyperactivity component) can be a major stressor for families and schools. This stressor is usually caused by a poorly functioning brain.
We are seeing more and more adults with attention and focus issues. In the majority of these cases, we find evidence of head trauma. Most trauma that we deal with comes from childhood falls, auto accidents and sports injuries. In adult cases we also find hormonal changes and toxin exposure on a regular basis.
Bad brains don’t get better on their own. People don’t outgrow a bad brain. It is popular right now in our society to say that children dealing with ADHD will outgrow the problem. ADHD often manifests in a different manner in adulthood. We often see more substance abuse, more difficulty keeping a job, greater divorce rate, higher rates of depression, higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, higher smoking rates, greater obesity and even higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease in adults who were diagnosed with ADHD as a child.
Stimulants are often given to children and adults in an effort to help the symptoms of attention deficit. There is a long list of side effects for each of these stimulants. Research has found that stimulants can be helpful for some types of ADHD, but the analysis of the long term data fails “to provide support for continued medication treatment beyond two years for the majority of children.” We often see parents coming into our office looking for answers after 18-24 months on the medication.
The way to know if a person dealing with ADHD symptoms has a true neurological/brain based problem is by getting a brain map. A brain map is a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized analysis of brain function. Brain mapping has been used for many years by research groups, NASA, the US military, professional and Olympic athletes. We have used brain mapping for almost a decade in our office. Mapping helps find the causative factors and provides answers.
If we find problems on the brain map, we can often correct the issues with our advanced neurofeedback and brain rehabilitation techniques. I have taught these techniques across the nation to a wide variety of doctors. I have used the techniques for close to a decade. What we do works. We find the cause of the symptoms and we correct it. We get results.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes neurofeedback as Level 1: or “Best Support” Intervention for ADD (on par with medication). A recent study published in Biological Psychiatry compared neurofeedback and stimulant medication. Both groups had behavioral symptoms improve. Only the neurofeedback group showed “significant academic performance improvement.”
If you, or a loved one, are dealing with focus and attention issues, give us a call. Knowing the cause of the problem goes a long way in properly dealing with the problem. A brain map is often the first step towards a better quality of life. For more information, call us at 770.237.3970 or check us out at themartinclinic.com.