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ADD and ADHD Treatments

ADD/ ADHD Treatments

Have you tried numerous ADD/ADHD Treatments, yet you or your loved one are still dealing with the consequences of ADD/ ADHD?

 

If yes, Dr. Diane® and her integrative team of Brain Health Experts can provide both Help and Hope. There is a Way!®

ADHD Treatment News

Historically, pharmacological treatments for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been considered to be the only type of interventions effective for reducing the core symptoms of this condition. However, during the past three decades, a series of case and controlled group studies examining the effects of EEG Biofeedback have reported improved attention and behavioral control, increased cortical activation on quantitative electroencephalographic examination, and gains on tests of intelligence and academic achievement in response to this type of treatment.

 

In her recent paper, Update on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, published in Current Opinion in Pediatrics, Katie Campbell Daley reviewed the research and practice standards on ADHD Treatment. Dr. Campbell is on the staff of the Department of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston and in the Department of Pediatrics of the Harvard Medical School. Her conclusion: “Overall, these findings support the use of multi-modal treatment, including medication, parent/school counseling, and EEG biofeedback, in the long term management of ADHD, with EEG Biofeedback in particular providing a sustained effect even without stimulant treatment… Parents interested in non-psychopharmacologic treatment can pursue the use of complementary and alternative therapy. The therapy most promising by recent clinical trials appears to be EEG Biofeedback.”

 

This research has shown Neurofeedback (or EEG Biofeedback) techniques are very effective for the attention, behavior, mood, and learning problems of children and adults.

 

In the recent years ADD/ADHD, through the use of SPEC scan and/or Quantitative EEG (QEEG), has shown up to 7 different subtypes.

 

Dr. Diane® uses cutting-edge practices to help alleviate consequences of ADD/ ADHD, including Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, Hypnosis, Cognitive Therapy, Water Therapy, Sound Therapy, and our brain-healthy diet.

 

Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art and cutting edge technology, and has the Solutions and ResourcesSM to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of brain health experts are trained in conventional, complementary and alternative specialties. This team, using her 5 Prong Approach, will provide you with a customized treatment program, because Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

What is ADD/ADHD?

ADD/ADHD is a diagnosis applied to children and adults who consistently display certain behaviors over a period of time. The most common features include:

 

  • Distractibility (poor sustained attention to tasks)
  • Impulsivity (impaired impulse control and delay of gratification)
  • Hyperactivity (excessive activity and physical restlessness)

 

In order to meet diagnostic criteria, these behaviors must be excessive, long-term, and pervasive. A crucial consideration is that the behaviors must create a real handicap in at least two areas of a person’s life, such as, at school, work, home, or social settings. These criteria set ADHD apart from the “normal” distractibility and impulsive behavior of childhood, or the effects of the hectic and overstressed lifestyle prevalent in today’s society.

 

However, in the recent years ADD/ADHD through the use of SPEC scan and/or Quantitative EEG (QEEG) has shown up to 7 different subtypes. Depending on the means of brain scan the subtypes are labeled as follows:

 

  • QEEG
    • Frontal Beta
    • Frontal Alpha
    • Frontal Theta
    • Asymmetry

     

  • SPEC Scan
    • Classic
    • Inattentive
    • Over-focused
    • Temporal Lobe
    • Limbic
    • Ring of Fire and Anxious

 

ADD/ADHD is most likely caused by biological factors that influence neurotransmitter activity in certain parts of the brain. According to research, lower levels of activity in some parts of the brain may cause inattention and other ADD/ADHD symptoms. ADD/ADHD usually persists throughout a person’s lifetime.

 

While genetics, maternal alcohol or drug use, birth trauma, jaundice, brain infections and head trauma can play a causative role in ADD symptoms, the increase in people being diagnosed with it is likely related to influences in our world today that negatively affect brain function, including:

 

  • Limited physical education in school
  • Excessive use of video games
  • Diets filled with processed foods
  • Exposure to environmental toxins (i.e. pesticides in the food supply)

Conventional Treatment for ADD/ADHD

If you have been seen by your Primary Care Physician (PCP) for your symptoms of ADD/ ADHD, more than likely you have been prescribed the following stimulant medications: Concerta, Ritalin, Daytrana, Methylin, Dexedrine, or ProCentra.

 

What you eat does affect your ability to store and retrieve information. It is extremely important to have an anti-inflammatory diet that allows the brain to heal, by eliminating refined sugar, corn syrup, and any grains that can be fermented or distilled. An increase of Omega 3 from wild sockeye salmon and tuna is beneficial. Spinach and other vegetables rich in antioxidants help improve your memory. Coconut, olive oil, and avocado are good sources of fats that help the brain heal and enhance your storage and retrieval capabilities. Drinking water helps the brain, too.

 

It is also imperative that you get restorative sleep. This is often extremely difficult when you are taking a medication that is a stimulant. Martha Lindsay is a Nutrition Educator, who is a member of our Brain Health Expert Team. Working with a Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) can help you learn new methods of storing and retrieving information. Amy Karas, who is on our team of Brain Health Experts, specializes in brain injury and is trained in remediating cognitive and memory issues.

 

Exercise is extremely important to help the dysfunctional brain to become regulated again. There are various types of rehabilitative work can help. Physical therapy techniques help with balance, motor coordination, muscle movement, tone, spasm, and strength. Joan Flynn is our Physical Therapist, and she also does Cranial Sacral methods that help stabilizes the brain function. Various types of massage therapy such as Repetitive Usage Injury Therapy (RUIT), structural massage, and integrative massage, are also very helpful.

 

Specialized treatment, such as Biofeedback, can be extremely helpful in many situations to help with internal control, such as Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Breathing. Thermal and EMG Biofeedback can increase muscle responsiveness and coordination, as well as helping to control discomfort. Neurofeedback can help to normalize electrical activity in the motor areas of the brain, enhancing motor reflexes. However, all of these techniques can present a challenge for people with concentration or attention-span difficulties. Dr. Diane has successfully worked with numerous patients with ADD/ADHD using Neurofeedback. Research has shown that Neurofeedback is one of the most effective methods for treating ADD/ADHD.

 

There are various types of indirect physical therapy treatment designed to heal and strengthen muscles and improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. One of these, the Burdenko Method, involves dynamic water- and land-based movement exercises. Dr. Burdenko is a member of the Brain Health Experts. The water portion is done in a vertical position using flotation devices to help you achieve natural traction, allowing gravity to gently separate the vertebrae. The land exercises are an extension of these therapeutic movements. Another form of indirect physical therapy, the Feldenkrais Method, is a series of subtle exercises designed to retrain your body’s movement patterns for pain control and more efficient motor function. A practitioner teaches you alternative ways of moving to replace faulty patterns that may aggravate your injury.

 

Movement and dance therapy are forms of dynamic therapy that force the brain to adapt to injury by learning to use different parts than previously to facilitate motor movement. This helps the brain to form new nerve connections to replace those impaired by injury. Music and dance therapy incorporate multiple movements and sensory input, and are available through many colleges, special-education services, and dance studios.

 

If you need to overcome small motor impairments, or learn new techniques for dispatching troublesome tasks at home and at work, occupational therapy may be recommended. As an alternative, you may choose to undergo cognitive retraining, which involves learning new ways of accomplishing tasks that have become problematic. Or you may choose vocational therapy to learn skills that will prepare you to seek a different type of employment.

Complementary Treatment for ADD/ADHD

Acupuncture helps the energy system to help with focus and impulsivity. William Mogan is our acupuncturist on the Brain Health expert Team.

Alternative Treatment for ADD/ADHD

Polarity therapy, which maximizes the flow of internal energy and encourages the body to heal itself, may be effective against muscle and movement problems. Some people believe that reorganizing the body’s energy structure, internal flow, and communication mechanisms can help improve balance and coordination. Bach Flowers, White Chestnut help with the over thinking brain. Dr. Diane® is a Bach Flower practitioner.

Get Help Today

Our integrative team Brain Health Experts provides various ADD/ADHD Treatment modalities, and can work with your current providers to help you regain your life again. Depending on where you live in the world, the Brain Health Experts can provide virtual treatment, too.

 

At Dr. Diane® Brain Health, we will work with you to find the cause, as well as the best method(s) of ADD/ ADHD Treatments.

 

If ADD/ADHD is keeping you from living a full life, call our office at 800.500.9971 or fill out our contact form to schedule an in-person, phone, or Skype consultation and start regaining your life! There is a Way!®