It affects your attention, learning, impulse control, activity levels and your ability to get a good nights sleep.
Traditional therapeutic treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) include medication, psychotherapy and lifestyle changes, however these avenues are not helpful for many. Many end up gravitating towards drugs and alcohol to help the symptoms, which end up making it much worse.
Medication can offer unpleasant side effects such as stomach aches, headaches and dizziness, difficulty falling asleep and may even cause the person to become more irritable, withdrawn or highly emotional.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in 2016 that approximately 6.1 million children in the United States suffered with ADHD (that’s almost 9.4% of the population, or 2 in 20 children). The data also shows the boys are more likely to be diagnosed than girls (12.9% compared to 5.6%). In Australia, It’s estimated one in 20 children in Australia have ADHD.
Neurofeedback Brain Training, also known as biofeedback and neurotherapy is a natural alternative to medication, supported by clinical research, to help those struggling with ADHD.
Symptoms and Signs
You may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) if you:
- Behavioural: impulsive, hyperactivity (a bit obvious we know), aggression, excitability, fidgeting, irritability, lack of restraint, repetition of words or actions, may appear to “zone out” as someone is speaking with you
- Cognitive: learning issues, problems focusing on a task, lack of concentration, memory issues or forgetful, problems paying attention, short attention span, absent-minded
- Mood: anxiety, high stress, boredom, depression, excitement, mood swings, easy to anger
If you notice these warning signs in yourself or in others, it is important to seek help and learn how to manage ADHD. Having it under control can lead to improved relationships and being able to solve problems more effectively. As well as other physical and emotional health benefits, as the body’s response to ADHD is similar to that of being under high stress levels, with increased heart rate, muscular tension and being unable to concentrate clearly.
Neurofeedback Brain Training has come a long way in the field of Neuroscience since it was developed by NASA in the 1960s. Read the Neurofeedback for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Research Bibliography to learn more about the scientific literature on this topic.