ADHD (or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by difficulty concentrating, impulse control problems and hyperactivity or fidgetiness. Not every patient has all 3 symptoms. Half of patients with ADHD only have the inattentive symptoms. Although it is commonly associated with children and teens, ADHD can also affect adults. Like the former term ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) which is equivalent to the new term ADHD-inattentive presentation, ADHD is typically a result of dysregulation or dysfunction of the frontal lobe of the brain (though sometimes other regions of the brain are involved). Without proper treatment, ADHD can interfere with school, work, and relationships.
The hallmark symptoms of ADHD are inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The American Psychiatric Association has established criteria to aid in diagnosing ADHD in both kids and adults. Some of the symptoms include:
ADHD symptoms can be classified as mild, moderate or severe, depending on how they affect the patient’s life.
The Drake Institute uses a 2½-hour evaluation procedure that includes a comprehensive diagnostic interview, an array of standard assessments and qEEG brain mapping to identify the associations between the patient’s abnormal brain activity and their symptoms. These evaluations provide critical guidance to enable treatment to be truly customized for the patient’s unique needs and symptoms. Additional evaluations may be performed to look for overlapping disorders that may be present, including depression, anxiety or auditory processing disorders.
At the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, ADHD treatment plans use brain map guided neurofeedback to help patients tap into their own ability to improve their brain activity and symptoms without the use of drugs. Our accelerated treatment program is six weeks. About 80% of patients achieve symptom reduction using neurofeedback, and the results of treatment can be long-term, unlike the short-term “fixes” of ADHD medications, and there are no potentially harmful side effects. Plus, by learning to reduce or resolve their symptoms without drugs, patients can gain significant improvement in their levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. For many patients, these can be life-changing improvements.
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