Do you have trouble completing simple chores? Does your mind wander off into vividly detailed daydreams, even when you know there are more important tasks at hand? Have people criticized you as lazy or disorganized your whole life? If so, you might have ADHD. ADHD (which used to be referred to as ADD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in our society today. It’s characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity. According to Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, there are three major types of ADHD:
· “Combined Type is defined by a person’s impulsive and hyperactive behaviors as well as inattention and distractibility.
· Impulsive/Hyperactive Type is the least common type of ADHD and identified by a person’s impulsive and hyperactive behaviors without inattention and distractibility.
· Inattentive and Distractible ADHD can be characterized by a person’s inattention and distractibility without hyperactivity.
Research by the CDC has suggested that genetic predispositions may cause ADHD, and made more severe by other conditions, such as brain injury, environmental factors (like exposure to lead during pregnancy or early childhood), alcohol and tobacco use by the mother during pregnancy, premature delivery, and low birth weight.
The CDC estimates that 9.4% of American children have ADHD—which equals 6.1 million children. It’s a little-known fact that children from English-speaking households are four times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than children living in homes with English as a second language. And kids living in households that earn two times less than the federal poverty level are at higher risk than wealthier households. Also, boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls (12.9% as opposed to 5.6%). Girls, however, may show atypical symptoms that include: being withdrawn, having low self-esteem or anxiety, impairment in attention, which affects their ability to do well in school or at work, excessive daydreaming, and becoming verbally aggressive to others. Sixty-four percent of children with ADHD also suffer from secondary mental and behavioral problems, including anxiety, depression, and autism. While the majority of kids are diagnosed by age 7, a sizable number of adults remain undiagnosed. In fact, about 4% of American adults over the age of 18 have ADHD. Moreover, The US Census Bureau has estimated that 7.2% of children around the world—more than 129 million children—have ADHD. Unless treated, the majority of these children will grow into adults who suffer without relief from symptoms that can make even the simplest tasks feel impossibly challenging.
Often, people don’t seek help because they mistakenly believe that medication is the only practical option for treating ADHD, especially for adults. However, that’s not entirely true. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatments have been used with great success for patients with ADHD. HBOT increases the amount of oxygen being carried through your blood and sent directly to oxygen-deprived organs and tissues. The oxygen is immediately available to be used by the brain. ADHD patients who have used hyperbaric oxygen therapy have reported a decrease in their mood swings, plus improved focus, attention, and concentration as well. The European Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases produced a study, which showed that after ten treatments of mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, participants showed shorter reaction times, heightened consistency, and greater attention to detail. They also displayed improved speech, articulation, ability to follow directions, and concentration, combined with decreased hyperactivity. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy provides patients who have ADHD with an effective, holistic way to feel better quickly.
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Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can follow the Eustache Institute on Instagram and Facebook.