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ADD Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine & Children ADHD & Autism Specialist located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a type of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often diagnosed during childhood. Prescription medication is the traditional treatment for ADD. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, offers a highly innovative, extremely successful ADD treatment program that alleviates symptoms without medication. To learn more about the non-drug approach to ADD, call the office nearest you and book an appointment today.


What is attention deficit disorder (ADD)?

For historical accuracy, the diagnostic term ADD was discontinued in 1994 by the American Psychiatric Association's published manual, DSM-IV. ADD was replaced by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that consisted of three subtypes:

  • Predominantly inattentive type
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type
  • Combined type

However, many adults and children diagnosed with ADHD may not understand the diagnosis if they’ve never had symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsiveness. 

To better meet patient and family needs, Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine continues to use ADD to define groups of patients diagnosed with ADHD who only exhibit the inattentive symptoms of the disorder. 

What are the signs and symptoms of ADD?

ADD symptoms are less noticeable than ADHD symptoms and may go undiagnosed in children. Without a diagnosis and early intervention, ADD can have profound long-term effects on a person’s ability to concentrate.

Signs and symptoms of ADD in children may vary. For some, ADD may cause a one-hour homework assignment to turn into a three-hour project that requires constant redirection by the parent. In addition to the inability to stay on task, other ADD symptoms may include difficulty:

  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Managing time
  • Self-monitoring

A person with ADD may be easily frustrated or overwhelmed, which may ultimately lead to a lack of motivation. Without a diagnosis and treatment, children, teens, and adults with ADD are at risk of developing emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. 

What can I expect during an ADD evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine when you come to the office seeking non-drug treatments for ADD. The evaluation process takes 2-3 hours and includes:

  • An extensive diagnostic interview
  • Battery of standard assessments
  • Brain mapping using quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG)
  • Assessment of family dynamics

Many patients with ADD also suffer from overlapping disorders, including learning disorders, and the evaluation may also include psychoeducational or auditory/language testing.

How is ADD treated?

Stimulants or pharmaceutical drugs are the traditional treatments for ADD. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine offers a highly innovative and successful treatment for ADD without medication. It uses biofeedback and neuromodulation therapy to treat ADD.

The treatment protocols used at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine target the root cause of ADD: brain dysregulation. 

Using scientifically based treatments supported by FDA-approved technology and a qEEG brain map analysis, patients learn to develop healthier brainwave connections and more normalized brainwave activity to reduce or resolve ADD symptoms. 

Compared to drug-based ADD treatments, which only temporarily suppresses symptoms, the treatment protocol at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine can lead to long-term symptom improvement. 

What is neuromodulation therapy?

Neuromodulation therapy is an innovative treatment that’s greatly impacted the success of ADD treatment at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine. 

It consists of low-intensity pulsed electromagnetic (pEMF) therapy, transcranial direct stimulation (tDCS), and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). The noninvasive treatment results in faster improvements in ADD symptoms and normalization of post-treatment brain maps. 

For a non-drug approach to ADD, call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine to book an appointment today.