Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADD/ADHD, is a common childhood behavioral disorder, which interferes with functioning and development. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that as many as 11 percent of children in the United States have been diagnosed with this disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health , 4.1 percent of the adult population has ADHD and 4.3 percent of these cases are considered severe. The average age of onset is seven years old. 3 to 5 percent of American teens suffer ADHD or ADD. 7 percent of parents will have a teen with ADD or ADHD and an average school classroom is likely to have at least one teen with ADD or ADHD. Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. It’s important to note that it’s extremely normal for some people to have inattention, be a little unfocused and be impulsive, but for those with ADD/ADHD this pattern of behavior is more often, severe and will disrupt their careers, their schooling and can reduce their quality of life socially.
Once a child/person is diagnosed by a licensed medical professional, many options of treatment are offered and considered like medication, changes to their daily environment and diet. However for those who would rather try an alternative treatment other than medicine, Neurofeedback, also called electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback, can help a person with ADD/ADHD to regulate their brain activity which will help them concentrate better at school and at work. Brain training is a non-invasive treatment, which is highly effective, drug-free, painless and without any side effects. During a session, sensors are attached to the person’s head where their brain waves are monitored and measured and you watch your brainwaves live on an EEG computer monitor for the purpose of learning how your brain functions when asked to concentrate or focus on a variety of tasks at a time. These therapy exercises train your brain to produce a calm state and help maintain focus so you can create healthier brain patterns within yourself. According to a review of research published in the journal Clinical EGG and Neuroscience, studies have linked neurofeedback to improved impulse control and attention among people with ADD/ADHD. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that NFB is a level two evidenced-based practice in the treatment of ADHD.
According to recent studies, 95% of every pain, disease, and disorder, that a person experiences, is emotional and our brain controls and influences our emotions. Therefore, if someone’s emotions are not balanced, then their bodies are not balanced either. In order for us to have a healthy and successful life, it’s very important for us to have a well-balanced brain.