An Explanation of ADHD
This article was written by Dr. Eric Minz, a chiropractor at Synergy Chiropractic in West Bloomfield, MI. If you’d like to learn more please visit https://www.synergychiromi.com/
With the increase of prevalence of ADHD, I hope to shed some light on what exactly ADHD is. The letters “ADHD” stand for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and it causes symptoms that are both serious and unpleasant that prevent the person experiencing them from having a happy existence. When a child is not treated for ADHD, the symptoms may change, but they will remain with him or her throughout his or her life. Typically during the teenage years the symptoms of ADHD will increase due to the change in body chemistry and hormones. An adult sufferer of ADHD often has difficulties maintaining healthy relationships and enjoying a successful career.
The symptoms of ADHD are different for every person. Also, the symptoms that someone suffered as a child can be entirely different from those that he or she suffers as an adult. There are symptoms that are commonly endured by many people with ADHD, and they are the reason that sufferers have such a hard time coping with it. The following symptoms outlined below deserve to be investigated further to determine if there is any way to help the person suffering from them:
• Poor academic performance
• Low self-esteem
• Aggressive behavior
• Hot and cold tempers
• The inability to remain focused on a task
• Not being able to sit quietly in school or at work
• The lack of proper impulse control
A girl with ADHD will typically deal with her symptoms by being very quiet. Therefore, she may appear to be withdrawn, shy and nervous. A boy, on the other hand, will tend to act out aggressively and engage in hyperactive behaviors.
Who Is Commonly Diagnosed with ADHD and Similar Conditions?
Symptoms of ADHD often present themselves in the earliest years of a child’s life. It is often clear by the ages of five, six or seven that a child may have the condition. Troubles begin after the child enters school when he or she finds it impossible to pay attention in the classroom and has difficulties remembering what was taught during the lessons. If these issues are not addressed, the child will continue to have problems throughout his or her academic career. ADHD is also the reason that children give up and drop out of school in higher numbers than other students.
How Does Treating the Underlying Causes of Attention Deficit Disorders Help?
ADHD is similar to other medical issues. Like with those other conditions, the best way to address ADHD is to unearth the underlying condition and treat the cause rather than just the mask symptoms. It’s true that some physicians have prescribed medications for their patients, and some of them have worked well. However, the underlying condition is not being treated when this approach is taken.
The problem exists within the brain, and ADHD medications are only treating the symptoms. There are areas in the brain that are causing ADHD symptoms to manifest themselves, and if the problems with the brain are addressed, there is no need to give patients medications.
Neurofeedback addresses ADHD and other neurodevelopmental conditions like it on a one-on-one basis. The good news is that neurofeedback is now available in my office in West Bloomfield, and I can even help people outside of the Metro Detroit area with a rental neurofeedback system, so there is help for anyone in the United States who is currently dealing with the symptoms of ADHD.
When someone presents him or herself at our office, the first thing that will be done is a comprehensive test called a qEEG Brain Map, that will identify the exact area in the brain that needs attention. Then, it is possible for me to develop a personalized brain training program for the individual.
How Is the Underlying Cause of ADHD Helped?
First, the I will determine the most appropriate training program from the comprehensive test and analysis of the Brain Map. The brain training is designed to address the specific areas of the brain that are creating the symptoms, also knows as neurological or brainwave dysregulation.
With neurofeedback, patient is laying in a recliner or on a lounger. The trainer attaches sensors to the surface of the scalp of the patient using electrodes so that the patient’s brain waves may be detected. There is nothing invasive about this procedure and it’s completely painless. While this is going on, the patient is extremely comfortable because he or she is given a movie to watch or they may just close their eyes and listen to specially produced music. Since the purpose of the training is to retrain the patient’s brain, also known as neuroplasticity, the training results are permanent and long term.
The number of times that a patient needs to undergo neurofeedback can vary, but most people require at least 30-40 sessions, and it isn’t unusual for some patients to need more. A bonus is the fact that neurofeedback does not have any negative side effects unlike the medications that are prescribed for ADHD.
Neurofeedback is a very cutting-edge approach to helping children and adults with ADHD, anxiety, sleep issues and depression. At our office, about 50 percent of our patients are able to reduce or eliminate ADHD medications. Neurofeedback helped me with insomnia when nothing else was able to and it helped my daughter with her sensory processing issues as well. I love assisting people of all ages to optimize brain function and performance, and it’s my personal mission to help as many people as I can reach to live the happiest, healthiest life possible, especially children!