ADD

ADD Specialist
ADD or attention deficit disorder is marked by an inability to maintain focus and concentration, and without proper treatment, it can interfere with work, school and socialization. The Drake Institute is a leading provider of neurofeedback treatment for ADD. Under the supervision of our Medical Director, Dr. David Velkoff, The Drake Institute helps patients from around the world at both Irvine and Northridge, California locations, relieve symptoms without relying on long-term use of potentially harmful drugs.

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Historical Context

For historical accuracy, the diagnostic term ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) was changed in 1994 by the American Psychiatric Association's published manual, the DSM-IV, and replaced with the diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) consisting of 3 subtypes. The old term, ADD, is equivalent to the new DSM V subtype of ADHD-inattentive presentation.

What is ADD?

ADD (or attention deficit disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that makes it difficult to focus and concentrate on non-stimulating tasks such as homework. ADD is associated with a “dysregulation” or malfunctioning of the frontal lobe region of the brain, the part of the brain that’s responsible for focusing, sustained attention and executive functioning (organizing, time management). While ADD is most commonly associated with kids and teens, it can affect adults as well. Without proper treatment, ADD can interfere with a person’s day-to-day activities, taking a toll on school and work performance, as well as self-esteem and long-term success.

What are the symptoms of ADD?

ADD symptoms can range from mild to significant and may include:

  • Problems focusing and paying attention during non-stimulating tasks
  • Easily distracted
  • Problems staying “on task” and finishing tasks
  • Tendency to daydream or have wandering thoughts
  • Problems following instructions or poor listening skills
  • Difficulty getting or staying organized
  • Poor short term memory
  • Being “absent-minded” or forgetful

To be diagnosed with ADD, patients must exhibit multiple symptoms and they must be pervasive enough to interfere with normal day-to-day activities and functions. Because ADD doesn’t have the hyperactive component of ADHD, diagnosis can often be missed or delayed, especially in children without behavioral problems.

How does ADD differ from ADHD?

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) includes the features and symptoms of the previous term ADD with the added components of hyperactivity and impulsivity.

How does the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine treat ADD?

The Drake Institute, under the clinical supervision of our Medical Director, Dr. David Velkoff, uses qEEG brain mapping and neurofeedback treatment/training to help ADD patients improve their brainwave activity so their symptoms are reduced or resolved. Unlike traditional treatment for ADD which uses medications to temporarily suppress symptoms, the Drake Institute focuses on helping patients improve symptoms by stabilizing better brain functioning for long-term improvement without drugs. Each treatment plan is created on a case-by-case basis based on the patient’s unique needs and brain mapping results. To achieve optimal results the individualized treatment protocols target the brain’s dysregulated areas that are linked to specific symptoms. During treatment, patients also learn to strengthen the neurological connections in the brain which are necessary for better focus, concentration and executive functioning.

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